It is such an easy thing to keep “so said” private things private. Society and general upbringing almost indoctrinates us to keep personal things hidden and out of reach.
Crazy enough, Christ has asked us to flip the script, and bear one another’s burdens. It’s easy to donate to a food pantry, and give our clothes and old things to someone in need, but it goes further than just helping with the physical. We all need to pour our minds out to someone sometimes. Life is hard. Raising kids is hard. Admitting you are at your wits end is hard. That being said, we Christians need to be approachable. We need to be ready to listen, and willing to pray. We may not have the answers, but that’s the beautiful thing; we don’t need to have them. We just need to be an open ear to hear, that shoulder to cry on, that voice of prayer over a situation that is causing pain, that hug when you see their smile is not in their eyes, or even that pat on the shoulder just letting them know that you are there when they are ready. Allowing someone the freedom to be vulnerable with you is a beautiful gift that we are called to do. This also means we are called to be vulnerable with others. This is a scary but beautiful and rewarding part of our Christian walk.