How did I come up with the name, “The Transparency Project”?
I find that we judge each other a lot. We often look around at this person or that one and make assumptions about what that person must be like based on what we see. But often what we see is not a good representation of the person on the inside. In fact, often times what we see on the outside is covering up something we don’t want others to see, whether it’s a painful past, an insecure present or a kind but quiet heart.
But we want to be loved for who we are for real, flaws and all, not just for who we put on when we get dressed in the morning.
The Bible says, “For God shows His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Do you see that? While we were STILL sinners, Jesus said, “I love this one enough to give my life for her. Flaws, insecurities, brokenness, giftedness, ALL OF IT. I love her just as she is.”
The Bible also says, “If God is for us, who then can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
So here’s the deal, if the God of the universe, the One who spoke it into being with a word, the One who knit each of us together in our mothers’ wombs, creating us in His image… if THAT God is for us and finds favor in us, what are we afraid of?
Let’s start seeing each other for who we are at the core: children of God, created in His image and beautiful, even in our messiness.
Let’s start being real, honest and transparent with one another. No longer putting up walls, but trusting that God has each of us here on this earth for a reason and embracing, rather than hiding our true selves from one another.
My hope and challenge to you is that through this blog and the sharing of my heart, you will be encouraged to let your guard down and be transparent too, whether it be with me or someone else.