Last week I attended the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago—two days of inspiration and leadership focus. During the Summit, Patrick Lencioni, author-consultant-speaker, taught that vulnerability and authenticity can break down walls that separate business and ministry relationships and lead to environments that build trust, connection, and collaboration.
Lencioni said, “When we’re serving others, we have to do things that could embarrass us. We need to be willing to say ‘I don’t understand that.’” The fear of being rejected, embarrassed, or feeling inferior keeps us separated from one another.
The church would be much the better for it—if we could just take off our masks and be honest before God and one another.
When we are honest and open with one another, when we share our weaknesses as well as celebrate our strengths, intimacy grows and love deepens. I know it’s true in the relationships that matter most to me—my marriage, my family, and closest friends.
The root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”
Today courage is more synonymous with being heroic.
No doubt we need heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage.
Heroics is often about putting our life on the line. Real courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line.
What if that happened in the local church? In your marriage? In your family? Among your closest friends?