Why is it when you decide to become transparent about your life it is considered either complaining or boasting? Yes, I have been told I do both!! I am beginning to understand why some families keep their skeletons in the closet. Heaven forbid you let out your frustration about a bad day. If you do it might appear as though you are overwhelmed or complaining. As far as boasting goes, we give ALL GLORY TO GOD for the good works HE is doing through our family.
I am beginning to empathize with families who dare not tell anyone about the crisis their children are having. By the way, none of our children are in crisis! But now, I do understand how a family could let a child in trouble get to the point of a crisis due to fear of judgment from others. I understand that well meaning friends, neighbors, family, and professionals can make judgment from the outside looking in. I think we need to remember that asking for help does not mean we are helpless but resourceful.
Using the old cliché “it’s like comparing apples to oranges”. God created each person/family uniquely and gave each one special gifts and talents. For example, you may look at a person/family and say, “there is no way they can handle that”. More than likely you are basing that judgment on your own personnel experience/gifts/talents. Maybe your gifts and talents are in another area. BUT, have you ever stopped to think maybe God gave that person/family special gifts and talents to handle that specific situation. I think too many times as a society we expect that everyone should fit into the same mold and dare not go outside of what is “normal”.
I could say a lot more about this topic but I will save it for another day. I think very soon I will write more about “not judging a book by its cover” as it relates to large families with children who have special needs. Sometimes life is not pretty but it is always beautiful to God.
Since we are crazy and fearless we are going to continue to be transparent. We feel that God is asking us to be transparent in life so that His works can be glorified. Our only true judgment comes from our Heavenly Father.