Vulnerability dares to let the mask down a bit, revealing a fuller story of oneself. And few of us in ministry dared this kind of deeply personal exposure back then.
We do not need to perform to earn approval from others. Our sense of identity rests in Christ, not in our abilities or in relationships with other people.
The world needs grace, which means it needs you.
It may be more or less socially acceptable for us to express our feelings, or to let it be known that we have feelings, depending on our gender, age, social position and the like, but this doesn’t negate the creational reality: we are created with emotions.
It sounds simplistic, but we cannot love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves if we don’t believe we are valuable, worthy of love and belonging, from God and from others.