Just like pieces to a jigsaw puzzle, I take the lessons God presents in my life and connect them to create a cohesive picture. The pieces to my life puzzle this week:
-“Triumph of the inner spirit” While sharing his story at Benchmark Recovery Center, Mike D. expressed the importance of getting unblocked from the spirit that resides within our hearts and becoming okay with who we are at the core of our existence.
-“Perfect and Bulletproof” Brene Brown expresses in her book, Daring Greatly, the seductive features of being perfect and bulletproof. She suggests that we must be willing to walk into any arena—relationships, important meetings, difficult conversations, creative processes—with the penchant to grow rather than remain perfect and stoic.
-“Spiritual License” Pastor John Burke from Gateway discusses the necessity of spiritual accountability and what prevents us from allowing this process to occur.
-“The source of my tears” I had a particularly difficult meeting in which tears were shed. I was asked to take a look at the source of those tears.
How do these pieces connect? Vulnerability. As much as I have grown in my personal recovery, my ability to engage authentically in the world, I still find it extremely difficult to face myself and my imperfections…my freckles, my wrinkles, my insecurities, my failed marriage, my addiction.
Shedding the protective layers of the ego is no easy feat; it is a process that takes place over a lifetime. However, each time I set aside my pride and allow myself to be vulnerable, I open up to God’s power and abundance. With vulnerability, I am closer to being the woman God created—a woman who is capable of authenticity, love, courage, and connection.
“We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.”– Francois de La Rocefoucau
About the Author:
Vickie Bing is the Director of Alumni Services for Benchmark Recovery Center. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. Vickie is a former high school teacher. She is also an Air Force Veteran. You can read other posts at benchmarkcenter.com/blog.