Opening Up

This month we’ve been talking about families, and one of the hardest things to do with families is open up.  Sometimes it seems like the last people that you tell when something is going on is your family.  You may start with God, your best friends, your coworkers and maybe your internet friends, before you tell your family.  However, I’d like to change that.  Check out what Sara Paddison says:

“Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives.”

Whether we’re talking about family or faith, if you truly want success you need to be open!  It’s not about seeing how low you can go, who can make the biggest mistake and admit it, and it’s certainly not about taking people’s mistakes and using them against them.  The only way to a better relationship with God or the people in your life is to open up and communicate (which means both listening and talking).  Yes, it can be scary, but when you open up they can open up to you too.

I’ve experienced what it’s like to both have really open and vulnerable relationships and have really limited relationships with God and people.  Honestly, when I feel most alive and satisfied are when I’m in those open relationships.

Do you need to open up more in your relationships?  This week try it out and see what you think!  I’d love to hear the results too.

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