Being Vulnerable and Real: What I Learned in YWAM DTS

Since the very first day of DTS, I have only received encouraging, nurturing comments and conversation from my staff and fellow classmates. Vulnerability is such a huge part in learning to truly see yourself the way God sees you, so that others can help you defeat the lies you have been told. This would not be possible without letting friends and family build you up through the fight. The comfort and security that has so quickly developed here in our DTS has made vulnerability such an easier process. This act of vulnerability, which is not an act of shame but of absolute courage, allows ourselves to be stripped of past insecurities and truly know how valued we are.

This act of vulnerability, which is not an act of shame but of absolute courage, allows ourselves to be stripped of past insecurities and truly know how valued we are.

Being vulnerable takes a step of boldness and courage, which forces some people to take a step outside of their comfort zone at first. I believe leaving your comfort zone can have a domino effect. When you take that leap of faith and something good comes of it, such as growth of community, it makes you want to practice the same courage time and time again. Being vulnerable in front of our DTS has definitely forced me to step out of my comfort zone, but I think it strengthens the person that I am and makes me want to use the same boldness in other areas, as well.

It makes you want to practice the same courage time and time again.

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By acknowledging that some people are a lot more comfortable with opening up and being completely transparent than others, it is important to know that it is okay if practicing vulnerability does not come naturally. In fact, for most people it will take some time or just a friendly shove from a neighbor to get comfortable with it. That is what is so beautiful about the community you get to experience while in DTS, and why God wants us to be the loving brothers and sisters to one another that He has designed us to be. Vulnerability is one of the very reasons why I know the family I have here is as genuine as it is.

Our community here in DTS has grown to love one another to an even greater extent, which I didn’t think was possible, since being vulnerable and transparent.

Our community here in DTS has grown to love one another to an even greater extent, which I didn’t think was possible, since being vulnerable and transparent. There is nothing that someone could say here about themselves that would make any one of us love them any less, and that is the beauty of letting the real you be known.

Written by Carina Carr

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