In a world full of COVID precautions, it’s been months since I have been in routine scenarios with lots of people around me. Over the weekend I went to a farmer’s market to look at the fresh produce. While strolling by the tomatoes and cheese, I overheard the most endearing conversation between two middle-aged women who were clearly friends enjoying a kids-free outing to pinch peaches and sniff homemade soaps.
The first woman turned to the other and said, “I’m about ready to talk about where we should go eat lunch.”
Her companion laughed and said, “It’s only 9 am Mary!!! Let’s go to the bookstore next, then talk about lunch. Plus, I have to poop and I know the bookstore has a decent bathroom.”
I HAVE TO POOP!!! She said, “I have to poop” like it was a normal conversation topic to discuss with a close friend in a public farmer’s market!
I want that poop talk transparency in my life and I want these women as my friends. Now, don’t get it twisted…I don’t need the bathroom habits of my friends in order to have transparency, but what I do need is women in my life that are willing to say what they mean and mean what they say!
You think the pants make my butt look big…tell me! You don’t think I should date that dude…tell me! You wish I had a different outlook on a particular topic…tell me! I want my friends to have the ability to be transparent about their own lives and to help me be transparent in mine!
When I reflect on that type of transparency between friends, it makes me also think about if others see transparency in my life as a Christ-follower. It makes me think to myself, “Do strangers interact with me and leave knowing I have Jesus in my heart?”
In 2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB), we see that it says “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
There is a nuance in this scripture that lets us know that transparency in a Christian walk includes presenting ourselves in a Godly manner, in an unashamed manner, and that we handle the Word of God with the truth. The transparency of our walk with Jesus should be prevalent and it should be readily seen by others.
I’m not advocating for telling strangers or your best friends about your pooping needs….but I am praying for each of us to be just a little more transparent this week with sharing the love of God through our own actions and words.