My family has a dog. When she was a puppy, she would snarl and snap at us when we got too close to her favorite bone. (We were quick to train her out of that behavior.)
As I thought about this all-too-common behavior in dogs, I began to wonder why it is they do that. I think it is simple: They are afraid of losing something they love.
You and I do not literally snarl and snap at people. (If you do, I hope someone trains you out of that soon.) But we do have defensive mechanisms in place when people get too close to something we are afraid of losing.
Some people lash out. Some people shut down. Some people assume an intimidating stance. Some people keep their distance. We all have our own way of snarling when we are vulnerable with something we don’t want to lose. So I have just one question for you: What if you had nothing to lose?
In one of his letters, the apostle Paul acknowledged he had a weakness that made him vulnerable. But instead of snarling at people when they got too close, this is what he did: “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Whatever you are afraid of losing, commend it to Jesus. He can make it so that your vulnerabilities are an opportunity for his power to work.