Our final piece of FIT comes with a bit of surprise to me. As I prayed I just kept getting the word- Transparency. Really? OK, God, you're in charge, this is your idea, let's dig in.
Fist off, let's amuse ourselves with what transparency is NOT. It is not (although I am guilty!) a free excuse to say whatever is on the brain or whatever I feel at the expense of tearing down, hurting, embarrassing or harassing another... and then using the phrase "Well, it's true!" to justify. The Word tells us in fact "Love is not...boastful or proud or rude" 1 Corin. 13:5 NLT.
Transparency is also NOT airing out all of my dirty laundry to everyone, everywhere (guilty yet again!).
It is actually wisdom to know when to speak and when to remain silent.
In fact, Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:6, "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”
We can be truth tellers and be bold share our history… and yet walk in extreme discretion with whom we share ourselves with.
So, why transparency and what in the world is it really?
Let me share this insightful definition: “A transparent object, especially a photographic slide, is one that is viewed by light shining through it from behind or by projection.”
Something that is transparent allows specifically light to pass though. I am sure you know where this is going. By being transparent we can allow the light of Christ to shine though our very lives!
Suddenly, that abuse we may have endured; the bully we put up with and prayed for; the test (scholastic or situational) we failed…through the light of Christ can become the very thing that helps complete the puzzle around us!
The people God has put around you need YOU, with your experiences and even your shortcomings! Testify to those in your life about what God has done, and what He has brought you through. Bring hope to your neighbors and friends by allowing light of Jesus to pour through the dark times of your life.
Tell of what He has done in wisdom and love...no one else has your story.
Your story helps make the puzzle whole.