In one of my recent classes, there was talk about transparency. As ministers, how transparent should we be? Should we be 100% "see through"? Or is it okay, at times, to be translucent or even opaque? I've heard pastors tell all their business in the pulpit, in effort to be transparent and make certain points. Imagine going deeply into your past transgressions, in much detail, before an audience that includes and age range from 1 to 75. Is this 100% transparency appropriate for everyone in the audience? Not only must we consider the age range, but we also must consider varying levels of mental and spiritual maturity. This is just a quick snippet of a thought that has been stalking me ever since I witnessed a few of my writings being bitten off of and regurgitated.
One of my approaches to transparency is what I like to call the "scratch and sniff" approach. How many of you remember the scratch and sniff stickers your teachers used to put on your worksheets in elementary school?? Grape was my favorite!! Think about it. You didn't get a scent from the sticker until you scratched it. So, if you didn't care the the sticker had in store for you, you simply didn't scratch it. Sometimes, I feel that our level of transparency is determined by who's asking and when they're asking. Offering too much, unsolicited information can do more harm than good when dealing with varying levels of spiritual maturity and growth. Sometimes we have to wait until we are "scratched" before divulging certain scents of our pasts.
As I think more about this "scratch and sniff" approach, there is another name that I could give this approach: "The Poot Rock" approach. LOL!! Some of you may know what I'm talking about, especially those of you who had ever played around the railroad tracks by 3-Mile Creek in the Crichton area of Mobile, AL. They were these grayish black rocks that looked a bit like sponges. When you scratched one on a hard surface, it smelled like someone ripped a mean one, in a small hot, humid room after knocking of a whole pot of baked beans and some collard greens. LOL!!
We all need a good laugh, every now and then, right?? HAPPY MONDAY!! Ya'll have an AWESOME week!!
P.S. If I have made any sense in this post, AWESOME! I
Bryan Hollomon Williams