“The measure of our identity, of our being, is the amount of our love for God.” -Thomas Merton
So we find ourselves when we love God fully. We find our selves, our true selves, in loving him.
This is where we should root ourselves, firmly in our love for God, in the place of joy and real living. And this love must be shared. It cannot be stored away or hoarded; this will only leave us smug and righteous and living falsely. Our lives are a joyful sacrifice given out of our love for God.
But love requires vulnerability.
Here, I falter. I stumble hard. Because vulnerability so often brings pain. You could lose it all. But what I’m really saying when I live like this is that I don’t trust God. And then, my vulnerability becomes something shameful.
If you’re living, really living, it all points to the cross. To the one who gave it all away out of love.
Where is this passion for God’s will in my own life? Some days, I just don’t know. Grace is all I have then.
As an essential part of our humanity, let’s reframe vulnerability. Let it be something to be cherished because when we are vulnerable we are acknowledging our limitations and God’s sovereignty. It is the fullest expression of our trust and in those moments we are most fully alive. And then we are free to be our truest selves.