Monday, December 17, 2007

Lessons From My Husband (5 of 5)

Live your life “in the open”

This is something I’ve heard Dirk say very often to our two teen sons. He has encouraged them to be open with their lives, to not hide anything, to live life “in the open”.

Wow! I wished I had learned this much earlier in my life. I don’t know why I thought I had to put up a good front, and make everyone think everything was “just perfect” with me. I didn’t even know how to be real. Now I am learning.

When we are willing to have no secrets and confess our sins to others, it will not only impact our own hearts and lives, it will impact others as well.

I don’t want to hide---I want to live freely!

Here’s a story of redemption that my friend, Cindy Beall is sharing on her blog. I hope it will encourage you to “live your life in the open”.
Another Lesson From My Husband

"Bring in the Boundaries"

I remember a time, maybe even more than one, when Dirk would come in from a hard day at work and find chaos was reigning and we were ALL sitting in the floor crying---even me! It had been a hard day for mom and I wouldn’t be doing too well emotionally. Identify?


princessjes said...

GREAT thoughts!
I really like your life in the open! So many of us spend our lives trying to cover up and mask our lives in an attempt to look like we have it all together, but we miss the point... we were created to be dependent, not perfectly perky pieces of plastic! Thanks Robin for all the wisdom you share.

Michael said...

there is such a fine line between living in freedom and still being engaged, and then not living in bondage to the passion of life.

Cindy Beall said...

Right you are. Living in the open and walking in freedom has literally transformed my husband and me.

Good stuff, Robin.

HomeSchool Mommy said...

Obviously, the truth will set you free, so "living in the open" is going to help the confessor...BUT, I agree with you that it really DOES help the people who hear you, too.

I have found so much from other people's confessions...when they lay it all out there, I learn so much (and, don't think any less of them...I actually respect them more...because they're actually real.)

erin said...

Isn't it funny that the people that usually seem to have it all together really don't? Sometimes though I struggle with people always thinking I have it all together because I seem strong in a lot of areas & they resent me for this. Often I want to lower the person that I am so that they don't think I'm too good. So, I have to make sure I am myself (bad or good).

Robin Meadows said...

Thanks for your comments!

Jes-you're learning it early!
Michael-you're so right. And it may LOOK different for us all.
Cindy-what can I say? You LIVE it!
HSM - living in the open is a win-win for everyone!
Erin - a whole other blog...will you write it?

shanna said...

living in the open is scary and vulnerable but I believe if we don't model this for our children especially, we are doing them a great diservice! The more open we are with others...the more open we are with God. Thank you so much for sharing this!

Kristie ♥ said...

great thoughts!!! thankfully this is something im beginning to learn at a "fairly" young age!

Michael said...

I'm one of your adoring millions as well. You are the one that needs to keep writing...I absolutely love your posts.