This can be a weird word, but I think it’s an attribute that carries some of the heaviest weight, and it’s worthy of more of our attention.
Healthy transparency is when someone let his or her heart show, both to people and to himself or herself. Transparency is not a way to gain influence, but it’s a condition of the heart that says, “I am not afraid of who I am, regardless of how good or how bad.”
Transparency is a place where one can honestly look at herself and realize where she truly is – in heart, mind, and spirit.
It’s not an often said word, nor is it an often lived-out personality trait in our culture today. However, if we can begin to live more this way, humbly and lovingly toward ourselves and toward other people, not thinking too highly of ourselves nor too lowly, but being honest and understanding with where we are in life, I think we can begin to love each other better.
It takes time, and I believe true transparency must first begin within us before we can let it flow into our outer lives. And transparency begins with knowing our identities apart from what the world says or what we often think.
God says we are forgiven, clean, accepted, righteous, new creations, His beloved, and much more. And all because of Jesus, not because of what we’ve done.
The world says we have to earn stuff – titles, labels, and acceptance – and we can lose them at any time. The world says we have to fit a mold to fit in.
Which is the better motivator? The former that produces freedom? Or the latter that constricts and produces anxiety?
It’s worth being transparent, I think. You’ll have my attention from the start if you’re honest with me, and especially if you do it humbly, lovingly, and not thinking too highly or too lowly of yourself, or of me for that matter.
Jesus loves us anyways. The least we can do is love each other despite our brokenness, and just be honest.