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Esther 5 to 6
One day when waiting in the producer's booth before going on the radio, the presenter said on air "my computer just crashed". The producer immediately spoke into her headphones "don't say that on air – we don't want the public to know that the BBC's computers crash!"
The presenter's reaction was to mention her crash problem again several times!
I was bowled over by the fact that the producer actually thought people didn't believe that the BBC ever had a computer crash! Not admitting it, would not prevent it happening. Windows even crashes for Bill Gates (and famously when he is making a presentation).
This is of course a symptom of a general tendency to cover up fault and to deny weakness. Paul spends a whole chapter of 2nd Corinthians telling us about his weaknesses, so that he can put his ministry in perspective and stress the grace of God to us all.
2 Cor 5:11 We are completely open before God, and I hope we are completely open to your consciences as well. HCSB
A long dead minister amazed me when I was a teenager, because he would happily admit from the pulpit, when he was ill, wrong, sinful or hadn't heard from God. He was the first Christian I ever heard to be open like that – and he did it in front of the church.
When we are honest and open, we often say we are making ourselves vulnerable, and we are – but the real truth is that we are operating with maximum integrity and we are opening ourselves up for a move of God in our lives.
We cannot conceal what we are like to God – even if we pretend we can!
1 Sam 16:7 The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." NIV
James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. NIV
We need to be open to each other so that we can be healed. The object is not to drag each other down, or to legitimise someone's complaint, but rather to have maximum integrity – which is a call to us all.