21 million: That’s the number of times researcher Brené Brown’s TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” has been viewed. That’s right: 21 million. Why has her lecture on “vulnerability” become a global phenomenon? Because it resonates with many of our own insecurities, fears, and deep desires.
The author of the Rising Strong and the bestseller Daring Greatly, Brown posits that the distinguishing trait of people who have a healthy sense of self-worth is that they have “the courage to be imperfect”—they are authentic and embrace vulnerability. After 12 years of research on the topic, Brown concludes, “I've come to the belief . . . that vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage—to be vulnerable, to let ourselves be seen, to be honest.”
Vulnerability—which sure looks and feels an awful lot like weakness—is in fact courage in disguise. And, outside of the TED stage, it’s a form of courage we also see powerfully throughout Scripture. Consider these three biblical women who epitomize the power of vulnerability.
The unnamed woman in Mark 5 constantly bled for 12 years, yet she pressed on despite her hope being dashed countless times. Physical torment wasn’t her only burden; her ailment rendered her religiously “unclean.” She was, in essence, an untouchable—shut out from even the life of faith, an outcast for more than a decade.