“Daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard things.” Brene Brown, Dare to Lead
The day has finally come…I am writing my first blog! I have felt provoked and prodded, enthusiastic and fearful, ready and reluctant. Many enticements, both large and small, have lead me to this moment. I have felt God’s nudging for some time. The final determining factor was the above quote from Brene Brown and her latest book, which I am just now finishing.
There are several factors motivating me into this new realm of openness and outspoken behavior:
First, I am a person of faith in Jesus Christ, and I can no longer in good conscience stand silent while others judge and condemn in the name of Christ. Jesus came “from the Father full of grace and truth” yet many choose to view God as angry and vengeful and preferential. I will speak much more on this in the future.
Second, in this era of extremist view points, I believe that reasonable people need to begin to speak up. As it often stands today, the two opposite viewpoints are shouted from the mountaintops at each other with no effort to seek even an understanding of each other. Each group sees the other as the villain, the one to blame for all their woes, and rigidly defies the other at all cost. Fear is provoked in the unwitting to gain converts to their side. The hope of collaboration and compromise are melting away. My deep desire is to be at least one somewhat reasonable person who is able to see elements of truth in both perspectives and offer some more balanced perspectives; to offer hope in the chaos.
Third, in my professional life as a clinical social worker, Christian counselor and associate pastor there are many times when I learn something useful to myself, my clients, and friends at church that I would love to share with a wider audience. God’s truth and wisdom are universally beneficial to all His children! If there is any light of truth and grace that I can shine into the darkness of depression, anxiety, confusion, spiritual warfare, marital conflict, family chaos, struggles of parenting…I would be humbled and honored to do so.
And finally, if my willingness to put myself out there, vulnerably speaking out about hard things, can encourage some other people of reason, grace and humility to speak out…perhaps we could start a community whisper that could grow into a booming voice for truth and grace! Dare to be courageous?