Pride and Vulnerability
Not wanting to fail in front of people is a pride issue.
Pride doesn’t only look like wanting to be in the spotlight; it looks like controlling your image. It looks like defensiveness. It looks like being judgemental. It looks like being unteachable.
Acknowledging your faults is the start of working on them. It doesn’t mean you're settling for how it is.
“Just the way I am” is not a thing. It’s defeatist. It denies Jesus’ transformative power.
You can settle for quirks, they're part of your personality, but don’t confuse personality with issues God wants to work out.
Q, Who wants to follow a leader who fails and shows people their faults?
A. Me, your friends, everyone!
Only showing your best bits or acting like you’ve got it all together is intimidating, too distanced from the real world, and not relatable.
Not to mention the fact that it's a lie - you don’t have it all together. Stop protecting your image and be willing to be vulnerable.
That doesn’t look like settling for failures; it looks like showing us how to own them. It looks like accountability. It looks like growth.
How are we going to see that growth is possible if you’re pretending to be perfect?