Being transparent is letting people know who you are and what you believe. Transparent people are easy to understand because they are open and honest rather than being obscure and ambiguous. When you are not transparent, people are left to their own imagination about who you are. Their view of you might be dimmed, blurred, or simply distorted. They never get to know the real you; only the you they have negatively imagined.
When you are transparent, others will not have to play guessing games about your true feelings. They know exactly how you feel about certain things.
Transparency is giving people permission to look into your soul. Some people hide their true self from others for fear of rejection, or because of a lack of self-confidence, or because of some deep scars, or because there are unhealed wounds, or because there has been a broken heart, or because there is an unfilled void. Being transparent is pulling back the curtains. It is letting others in and letting yourself out!
What are the disadvantages of being transparent?
When we are transparent we put ourselves at risk that people will mistreat us, reject us, abandon us, or manipulate us because of what they know about us. However, it is bold risk that is worth taking.
Does God want us to be transparent?
God wants us to be transparent. He wants us to accept who we are and embrace the person He has created. When we are transparent with ourselves, we can be transparent with God and with others. We remove the veil to let light in and to let light out.
How does being transparent help bring about a better life?
When we are open, we let our light shine as God has commanded. This leads to a free and worthwhile life.