The expression “elephant in the room” refers to a topic, situation, or person, that is present, but no one is willing to bring up. This thought of “transparent transformation” is one such elephant in the room. What do I mean by that? Well, think about it.
People love the concept of a finished product, a totally redone or completed renovation project, a life that is changed; but how many people really get excited or energized about sharing the process of change or transformation while it’s occuring – present time? Additionally, many “success stories” we read about have to do with people who have completed a high level of change; and now that the high level has been reached, that person is willing to be transparent about the process of change he or she went through in the past to get to his or her present point (of success).
What is my point? Why don’t I/we regularly communicate appropriately and transparently the transformations taking place in our lives as they are taking place?
“Transparent transformation” means I am willing to openly communicate how God is transforming my life to be like Christ – while the transformation is occuring, inviting others into the process – not because of me, but because of what God is doing in me. The Christian life is about sharing the process as well as sharing in the results.
My Example: Education
So… “Give me an example,” you say. Personally, one area I am committing to transparent transformation is further education starting fall 2011. I am embarking on a three to four year journey of further formal education in order to grow spiritually, educationally, and ministerially by God’s grace and for His glory. At age forty, with a wife and four children, and plenty of responsibilities as a pastor, I can use all the prayer support possible. I want this to benefit me and my family, church family, community, the biblical counseling movement, and the world.
So what’s your transparent transformation?
Select Scripture to consider: Phil.1:6; Romans 6-8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 1-3; Romans 12:1-2.