What’s wrong with self-sufficiency? Why is this a sin? Why should I strive to put off my desire to be self-sufficient? The problem is that we are far from capable of doing it all on our own. Not only were we created for community, we were created as weak and feeble people in need of a truly self-sufficient and all-powerful God. This misplaced desire to be self-sufficient causes a number of problems: legalism, broken community, and idolatry.Read More
These fears led me into my own exile. I didn’t dare to have long conversations with friends because my anxiety might come up. I didn’t want to be at church because people were always asking how I was doing. Maybe you are struggling in the same way and wondering, How do I battle raging fears that lead me into isolation?Read More
I hated vulnerability because I had no use for it. Why would I want to display my weaknesses? Why do I want people to know my secrets? They are called secrets for a reason. I’d leave situations where the topic of vulnerability had come up annoyed and agitated. I refused to be vulnerable. Before I was a Christian, I nearly always chose lying over talking about my life.
Since then, I have grown to have a more understanding relationship with vulnerability, however I am still not okay with how much it is emphasized in our culture. In Christian circles, we either have a poor understanding of vulnerability (like me), or we are using it wrongly.Read More