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Authenticity or Vulnerability?

May 6, 2015

“Define vulnerability as making something known to another with a spirit of entitlement that obligates the other to respond well to your concerns. Define authenticity as making something known to another that reveals where you are on your journey toward Christ-likeness and invites (neither expects nor demands) another to walk together with you toward a mutual goal of maturity. With those definitions in mind, pursue authenticity, not vulnerability, in what you choose to share.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Encouragement, Page 51

Questions for Reflection:
• Think of interactions you’ve experienced that left you feeling pressured to respond to another person’s demands (spoken or unspoken).
• Can you recall people who, without demanding that you meet their own needs, have shared their own struggles very openly with you in ways that invited you to walk more deeply with Christ?
• As you consider recent conversations in which you have shared your struggles with others, was vulnerability or authenticity the primary motive behind what you shared?

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