Transparency. Do you see it lived out in the lives of others around you? What about you? Me? Can You See Through Me? It is not an easy thing yet I believe that God wants us to be transparent and real with one another. As a parent and teacher, transparency can be truly amazing!
I have found that transparency can help children to know that we are not perfect. So many times as a children’s ministry leader, the children in your ministry look up to you and have great respect for you. But, often times they fail to realize that you too are human.
When we share our own struggles and vulnerabilities with the children in our class, it enables the kids to look into our lives and see that:
we are insecure and
that we fall down and get up just like they do.
So why should we be real with children? Because this helps children to know that they can come to us with their struggles, their sin, their worries, their hurts and their insecurities and that when they fall down, we will help them up. And not only will we help them up but we will show them by our actions that they have a Heavenly Father who knows their weaknesses and still loves them!
Paul openly shared his struggle with God and ask Him three times to remove his thorn in the flesh. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 says, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Allow the children in your classroom and home to see who you really are and “boast” in the Lord for what He has done. Stop striving to be as the kids say "all that". Be see-through and be an example for the children to see His power made perfect in your weakness.