In this segment of our podcast, our Editor-in-Chief Russ Ewell gives us one quick thought about walking with God to start our week.
At Deep Spirituality, our goal is to practice simple Christianity, where we believe God loves us, is interested in us, and has a plan for us. We want to provide anyone and everyone access to the tools they need to build this kind of personal relationship with God.
In this episode, Russ takes on a topic that can be difficult for many of us: vulnerability. Our lives move fast and are so easily bombarded, so it can sometimes be difficult to slow down and be vulnerable. At times, it feels easier to close our hearts and avoid the pain and potential rejection that can come with vulnerability. The problem with this is that vulnerability is one of the key ways we see our need for God.
When we choose to be vulnerable with God first and believe he loves us, is interested in us, and has a plan for us, we will have the confidence to be vulnerable with others, too. Check out this week’s One Quick Thought to learn from the Bible how vulnerability helps us see our need for God.
- John 3:16-17 NIV For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
- Acts 16:13-15 NIV On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.  One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.  When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
- “Vulnerability is the core, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences” —Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
- “Vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings. to feel is to be vulnerable. to believe vulnerability is weakness is to believe that feeling is weakness. to foreclose on our emotional life out of a fear that the costs will be too high is to walk away from the very thing that gives purpose and meaning to living.” —Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
- Revelation 3:15-16 NIV I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.