The task: to share something with the other women that they may not know about you,
My response: I told the story of how I became a member of my church. Essentially, I started going to this church when I was 14 years old. I had just moved in with my mother and grandmother, along with my little sister. My sister and I left our father without his knowledge. That's a nice way of saying we ran away. This was a time of fear and uncertainty in my life. I knew God, but I didn't. Naturally, I began to weep during my turn. It wasn't that I was sad about my past, but it was a sign of relief. I hadn't shared that store and the intimate details of it with anyone except my husband.
I was naked and purposefully made myself vulnerable in front of everyone. What if they judged me? What if they treated me differently? I wasn't and am not worried about that. Why? Because I knew in my heart that this was the story I needed to tell. I needed to be naked in front of everyone. I needed to be free.
Being naked means you are willing to humble yourself and reveal parts of you to others in order to help them grow, not to boast about yourself or to be torn down. It takes a lot of courage to be naked. Not everyone can do it. Being naked means you have grown to love yourself, your beauty marks, scars, and bruises. So how do you grow to being naked? By learning to forgive yourself, your past, and accept what was. We cannot change the past. Yet, so many people try to live by the hurts of the past and use it as a crutch to prevent them from moving forward. It is not healthy to live in the past and exist in the present.
I encourage you to dig deep in your closet of bones and begin to clean house. Practice exposing yourself to yourself until you have the courage to tell your story to others. Even then, chose to share your story and be naked with those who will not judge you and will continue to motivate and encourage you everyday. I will forever be grateful for the ladies of my church giving me their ears and giving God their hearts on that day. Anyone can share your story, but only you can be naked.