Tear Down the Walls

by DeDe Jones

If I’ve learned one thing working around musicians most of my life, it’s that we don’t know how to be vulnerable. The music world is so competitive that we fear showing our vulnerable side will make us seem weak. I’ve seen and experienced so many people with walls so high, we only get a glimpse into who they really are. They build walls where no one – and I mean no one – ever sees their failures. From the outside looking in, it seems that life is hunky dory and wonderful 24/7. In fact, it becomes the ultimate badge of honor when the only thing to complain about is how everything is going so well, they don’t know how they’re going to keep up!

I am so thankful for grounded parents who reminded me time and time again that being real was more important than what people think of me. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about wallowing in a public pity party or wearing my heart on my sleeve. But I do believe there is something amazing that happens when we all allow ourselves to be vulnerable. When we can let go of our pretenses and acknowledge our weaknesses, we can let God speak life into our situations. Then His glory can be revealed to us and to others through it all.

This is a huge part of Real Hope! We need to let go of the false belief that everything has to be – or appear to be – perfect for things to be just right. Your family, finances, cars, houses, jobs, relationships, whatever it is for you…none of those has to be perfect. Life is always a work in progress. When we begin to give our worries to God, we can begin to rely on him to deal with the issues. I’m not saying it’s easy or that it might not hurt, because being vulnerable can be painful. With God, we aren’t on our own. We’re laying it at God’s feet. And through it all, God will be glorified in its midst! Tear down your walls of perfection and live in a way that you can lay it all at God’s feet!

“God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes.” Philippians 2:13

The Dance – Garth Brooks

Song of Inspiration
The Dance – Garth Brooks

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