- Posted by Dale
- On July 2, 2014
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Shortly after I became a Christian, I relocated to Santa Monica, where I became part of the Westside Vineyard and remained there for the next five years. I was in my formative years and really had no idea how significant my choice of a worship community would be on my faith walk. It was here that I learned to be transparent with my emotions and struggles as a growing Christ follower. Whether in worship services, small groups, or retreats, the culture of that community was one of transparency and openness about what was going on in one’s life. Now, to be fair, not everyone embraced that transparency. But, those of us who did have a connection to each other that is rooted in abiding with one another as we surrendered to what Christ wanted to do in our lives. These years formed the foundation of what I expect and bring to relationship with other Christians. I expect to know and be known. I expect people to be real with me and not hide in veiled allusions to sin, struggles, etc. Unfortunately, I have also learned that most people did not have that experience and do not approach the church and other Christians this way, often due to the hurtful experiences they have had in the church.
Do you tend to being transparent or guarded? What is the root of that choice? If you are more guarded, what would it take for you to become more transparent? Pray about what Jesus would say about being guarded instead of transparent.