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I’ve been watching a number of TED talks to prepare for our Adult Education classes in July.  In case you’re unfamiliar with TED talks, they are 12-20 minute talks on topics about technology, education and design.  In reality, they’re talks by some of the world’s most interesting people on things like the deepest part of the ocean, or the trouble with too many choices, or how to ask for help or what our children really need from schools.  They’re interesting and powerful and fun to watch.  

I’ve been trying to select one talk for the week that I teach our “TED talks with Jesus” class in July.  I hope you’ll take a few minutes sometime in the next few days to watch the TED talk on vulnerability.  I think it’s one of Casey’s favorites and is one of mine as well. In it, Brene Brown talks about her research about connection, about the ways we seek to feel loved and like we belong.  She found that people who have a sense of worthiness or who have a sense that they are loved and belong have the capacity to love others and help others belong.  She discovered that in order to be connected to another, we have to be willing to be seen.   

She doesn’t really talk about God in her talk, and yet there is some powerful truth in her words and they are words that point to the loving and living God.  You see, she reminds us to live in wholehearted ways.  She encourages us to tell the story of who we are with our whole heart.  She hopes that we can all feel a sense of worthiness and can share that with others.   

It’s almost impossible to hear her words and not think of Psalm 139 that reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  It’s almost impossible to hear her words and not hear the voice of God saying to Isaiah, “I have called you by name, you are mine.”  It’s almost impossible to hear her words and be reminded of Jesus’ baptism when God says, “you are my beloved.”    

As Casey reminded us a few weeks ago, worthiness is not a standard that God uses.  Instead, God knows all of us to be who we were created to be, as wonderful children of God.  God sees all of us fully and completely, and loves us anyway.    

Our invitation is to find some way to see ourselves the same way.  Our invitation is to trust that we are worthy of love and belonging.  And then, our invitation is to love others and help them know that they belong.   

Click here to watch the TED talk on vulnerability.


Posted by Laurie Weicher at 10:00 AM
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