Transparency and the Unexpected Freedom it Brings

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

The past few years I’ve had a lot more opportunities to share God’s love in public settings…to a lot of people at once…from a stage. As a believer, you might assume that’s a good thing. It probably should be, except for one thing—it’s way out of my comfort zone. As a matter of fact, if I wasn’t certain God was asking me to share what He’s doing in my life, I wouldn’t be doing it.

Even the knowledge that I’m being obedient doesn’t help a lot. I’m just not comfortable with the spotlight shining on me. It feels wrong—like I’m calling attention to myself rather than to God.

The only way I’ve found to mitigate this feeling is by drawing a clear contrast between the mess God has to work through (that would be me); and the results of His miraculous effort.  But for this strategy to be effective I have to be willing to show myself honestly—with all my flaws.

At first that was as scary as the whole up-on-stage bit.

But after a time or two of letting people see through the me-I-wished-I-was (and tried to pretend to be) and directly at the real flaws-and-all me, I discovered something.

There truly is an amazing freedom in just being yourself.

I no longer had to keep up the pretense of being spiritual, or an expert, or anything else. Instead, I could just relax and be—resting in whatever God wanted to bring out.

This transparency also took the pressure off those who were watching me. They weren’t misled into believing they had to be something they weren’t. They didn’t have to start out already good enough to qualify to get better. They could start right where they were.

And in the midst of all this, I realized I actually had the ability to achieve one of my deepest desires: to be invisible.

Because through this God has taught me that transparent is just another word for invisible

When I’m truly transparent, God can shine through in all His glory. There are no smudges of me to get in the way.

So my question to you is this: what smudges are you holding onto? Take a chance and join me in the freedom of transparency.

I have died, but Christ lives in me. And I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.  Galatians 2:20 (CEV)

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Edie-MelsonAbout the author:  Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, whether she’s addressing parents, military families, readers of fiction, or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker, she’s encouraged and challenged Edie Melson soul careaudiences across the country and around the world. Her latest book, Soul Care When You’re Weary, is available at local retailers and online. Connect with her further at www.EdieMelson.comand on Facebook and Twitter.

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2 thoughts on “Transparency and the Unexpected Freedom it Brings

  1. Edie, you spoke to me today. I often want to be invisible. What an aha moment. “Transparent is just another word for invisible. When I’m truly transparent, God can shine through in all His glory. There are no smudges of me to get in the way.”


  2. Thank you, Edie. I, too, was encouraged that we can be “invisible” by being transparent because God can shine through us. What an inspiration to get through the day. Thank you for your words of wisdom — Cindi McMenamin


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