When Others Start Knowing my Stuff

August 12th, 2015

MOST RECENT » Posted by Tyson and Amy Lash on August 12th, 2015

What is the most difficult element of living in community?  I've given it some thought and have come to the conclusion that it is being known.  

Everybody wants to be known, right?  Or do we?

When dating someone, it is all about putting your best foot forward.  Don't show any weakness. Don't let the person you are dating see your character shortcomings.  Definitely don't let the baggage of your life come out to soon.  There's something scary about being known.  What if it is not good enough?  What if others found out that I'm really a mess inside?  What if others found out that my marriage is a mess?  This is the delima of being known.  Will I be good enough.  

While I get the human tendency to cover and run from really being known, isn't a place of vulnerability really the safest place to be?  If it is, then I dont' have to be threatened by the prospect of being known.  

True and authentic community only happens as we learn to embrace the challenges associated with being known.  

1 Peter 4:8 says, "Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins."

When does real love, the kind of love that Peter writes about infiltrate our relationships?  I believe that it is when we are in the place of being known.  Don't run from it.  Embrace it.  Lean into it.  You are not perfect, so don't pretend to be.  The church is not made up of perfect people, so let's not pretend to be.  Refuse to let pride be the thing that shortcircuits your relationship with others and learn to be allright with being known.