The other day ago I posted a blog post about Daring Greatly by Dr. Brené Brown and I shared that most of my self-help studies and inspirational living comes from the Bible. I continued to write, “That doesn’t mean that I dismiss what others have to say about how we live, human conditions, shame, courage and understanding of oneself. What I like most about Browns work is she gives us all something to connect too.” The statement I made has weighed on my mind ever since in several ways. One being that I am a Christian and the Bible-especially in Galatians-warns us against human works. Though Brown isn’t preaching the Gospel in her message, I couldn’t help but pause after I posted my blog post. I feel I spoke unwisely and in a secular manner. I still believe she is a good motivator speaker and has studied human conditions in-depth. I do not know her religious or spiritual views so I can not judge her in that context-if you will.
Dr. Brené Brown gives us a lot of great advice and she argues that “Vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.” She would be right but I would like to take it a step further and say that as Christians, we should put our trust in God to help us in all ways, study His word daily and pray. God gives us the tools to better ourselves in our daily walk with Him.
Stephanie M. Hopkins