I am spending the day on my couch feeling physically crummy with some sinus thing, and emotionally crummy as I watch the media and activists whip our town into a racist frenzy, like they are doing all over the country. So instead of giving you my foggy and emotional words today, I’m going to share the words of a couple of people I respect on the topics of vulnerability and worthiness.
Brené Brown is a researcher who studies shame and vulnerability. In this TED talk, she shares some of her findings. It’s challenging and potentially life-changing stuff. She does use one or two bad words, so if you are sensitive to that, you can make your choice.
Tim Keller is an important voice in my spiritual life, as anyone knows who has had more than one conversation with me in the last 3 years or so. One of the things I learned from him is that grace is not just that Jesus died the death I should have died, but that He also lived the perfect life I should have lived. So God is satisfied on both counts when He looks at me, because of Jesus. I listened to the sermon below a few weeks ago, and he shared it so powerfully in the context of Sabbath rest and our continual striving for worthiness, I knew I had to share it here. Awesome stuff.