“There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are.” – Brennan Manning


Transparency at a deeper level isn’t easy – maybe especially as a believer. Perhaps we feel deep down as if admitting our struggles means admitting that Jesus somehow isn’t enough. But then, I suppose it wouldn’t be easy. This article on Relevant Magazine by Zac Northen put it well: 

“We cannot follow Christ faithfully unless we are following Him into the world’s pain, tension and aching complexity. We must remember we follow a King who enters a broken world, then willingly chooses the Cross (John 10.17-18). And for us, this means tension is a normal and comfort may be concerning. Living in the hard places of life exposes one’s faith and character, and can allow it to deepen or cause it to die away.” 

I feel that tension daily of honest assessment and acknowledging life in a broken, complex world. Yet instead of one or the other, I think I’d like to leave it at something else Manning said: “Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” And in that final and simple assessment, find honest transparency where I do believe Christ is faithful.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. indytony says:

    I read somewhere that Brennan Manning recently passed away. Do you know if this is true?

    1. Amber says:

      I think so. Incredible author and believer. I’ve been really challenged by “The Ragamuffin Gospel” that he wrote. I’d definitely recommend that if you haven’t read it!

  2. kip says:

    That last paragraph says it all.

  3. javon says:

    so true amber, this is beautifully written. great photo too!

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