I recently began a strengths coaching certification class with 11 other individuals. We are meeting each other for the first time with the intent of learning how to apply not only our personal strengths but others. One of the core concepts is “confident vulnerability.” As I examine this concept it resonates with my faith walk on so many different levels that it makes my head feel like it’s going to explode. It’s one of those concepts that may roll around in the back of my mind for the rest of my life as I look for opportunities to exercise and apply it.
In the context of strengths coaching, confident vulnerability is defined as courageously celebrating and embracing strengths, weaknesses and needs of both self and others without judgment. Think about that and prepare to be amazed. Immediately I think of Jesus. Who better models this incredible combination? Quiet, humble confidence full of the most incredible love that this world has ever seen. A love worth dying for…and He did for each and every one of us. It was so fragrant and attractive that it was irresistible to folks from every walk of life. People were curious and wanted to know more about His teachings and way of life.
As I was reading this morning, I ran across this statement1: “The only reason a shepherd would guide his sheep into a dangerous valley would be to lead them through it to a better place.” It was reassuring to know that my Shepherd knows that better place for me. As I follow Him through what appear to be dangerous valleys, I can be confident that He is taking me there. Confidently vulnerable and trusting with absolute conviction that He can see the realities that I have never seen.
Lord, I praise you for guiding me into Your realities that are so much more than what I can see with my natural eyes. Mold me and make me suitable to serve others when called upon to shepherd them to that better place. Give me strength and wisdom and discernment to follow Your footsteps through the dangerous valleys encountered in this life.
1 “I Shall Not Want,” April 26, 2014, Discovering God’s Design