As you look at actors and news anchors on TV these days, you can see an incredible amount of detail, thanks to high-definition technology. Flaws that could once be hidden show up with great clarity on many TVs, despite adjustments to studio lighting or the magic of a make-up artist. On the positive side, it makes those TV personalities seem a little more normal, like the rest of us, when you see they have flaws, too.

I was talking to a friend recently who commented on my weight loss journey. She told me she was encouraged by all my posts. I told her I used to think I was a pretty private person, and a few years ago I wouldn’t have shared so much. I have always been reluctant to talk about my weight or my clothing size. I can remember back as far as first grade, feeling bigger than the other kids and embarrassed that I didn’t look the same as them. But now, if you ask me how much I weigh, I will tell you. It’s not a big deal anymore.

So what changed? I think I started living a “high-definition” life. The more open I have become, the more I realize how much in common I have with others – and how we can encourage one another in our own struggles. I am striving to live a transparent life, at least with my weight loss journey.

What would it look like if this “high-definition” or transparency extended beyond just my weight loss journey? Specifically, what would it look like if we were as transparent with each other about spiritual lives, our struggles with sin?

I think Satan thrives on our shame, our embarrassment, and the idea that if we share openly about a doubt or a struggle with sin, we are going to be looked upon as weird or criticized (and that may very well happen). It’s scary when you think about it: being authentic, real, and vulnerable; opening yourself up to the possibility of criticism and judgment.

God intended for us to live in community with one another, to share our struggles and to encourage one another.

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” – James 5:16

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

We need to take the masks off, stop paying attention only to what our Facebook profiles portray as the perfect life, and start being more authentic with one another. Do we need to broadcast our struggles to the whole wide world? No, not necessarily. But I do believe it is important to have at least a few close relationships with a few people, with whom you can be honest and open. By becoming more transparent through my weight loss journey, I feel such freedom from my body image issues that have plagued me for most of my life. I wonder how much closer my relationship with God would be if I was as open with my spiritual life, and other areas as well.

 
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3 Comments

  1. Hi Cindy!

    Great post! I started my blog because I noticed how inspired I was from other people talking all about their fitness and health journey. There’s definitely a too much sharing issue, but sometimes I think, maybe this will motivate or help someone else out.
    Good to see you today! Have a great weekend!

  2. Tears……thank you

  3. So true. I have become more transparent with the ladies I lead in my Bible study group at church, and while uncomfortable at times, it has caused them to see me as approachable and human and some of them to be more willing to open up with one another. How can we be accountable if we aren’t transparent? And what an opportunity it gives us to practice loving others. Thanks for sharing your heart!

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