Rachel Held Evans is Weak Too!

A mutual friend of Adele and me on the blogosphere is upcoming author Rachel Held Evans.

A few days ago, Rachel joined our conversation about "Starting from our Weakness" with a post on "The Paralysis of Insecurity."

Rachel writes:

I feel insecure about my body, so instead of swimming, I stick my feet in the pool. I feel insecure about my dirty kitchen floor, so I avoid inviting people over. I feel insecure about my decision to put off starting a family, so I make self-depreciating jokes about how I lack motherly instincts. I feel insecure about some of my political positions, so I only start debates I know I can win. I feel insecure about my theological training, so I stick to topics I’ve read a lot about. I feel insecure about my doubts, so I criticize certainty as arrogant or na├»ve. I feel insecure about Arminianism, so I make Mark Driscoll the voice of Calvinism (making it easier to shoot down). I feel insecure about not going to church, so I spend a lot of time criticizing it. I feel insecure about my character, so I obsess over my career. I feel insecure about my career, so I obsess over my book. I feel insecure about my book, so I obsess over editor’s notes and blog entries and potential sales numbers. I feel insecure about my likability, so I hide behind my intelligence. I feel insecure about myself, so I criticize other people...or I keep them at a distance.
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Rachel,
Sorry I didn't catch this post right away. It's really beautifully written - I think I can speak for both Adele and myself when I say: welcome to the conversation! You said, "I only start debates I know I can win," and I LOVED the Mark Driscoll comment! Ha! I'm right there with you, on both counts, but Adele and I are intent on growing. Sometimes growing means shrinking. Being strong becomes being weak. Wisdom of God, foolishness, etc...

Thanks for joining the conversation. Thank you for being so transparent and vulnerable.

Wow, talk about counterintuitive advertising: "Christianity: We're the WEAKEST Way to Live!"

Shall we give it a try?

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