Navigating Authentic Sharing in the Digital Age

In the realm of social media, we've all encountered individuals who share an overwhelming amount of personal details about their lives. Some posts leave us thinking, "Did I really need to know that?" But why do we feel such a strong inclination to overshare online?

As broken humans, we yearn for recognition and acceptance. We want the world to see and like us. While emotional intimacy is a beautiful aspect of human existence, it is best cultivated gradually, as trust and confidence deepen between individuals. Navigating genuine sharing in the digital era is explored in this blog, focusing on authenticity and connection.

The Difference According to Dr. Brene Brown

Proverbs 11:2 (NIV) - "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."

Dr. Brene Brown, renowned for her research on shame and connectivity, distinguishes between vulnerability and oversharing. She explains that vulnerability is not about using personal disclosure as a manipulation tool but rather about genuine connection.

Building Trust and Boundaries

Proverbs 25:9 (NIV) - "If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another's confidence."

Vulnerability, as Dr. Brown emphasises, is based on mutual trust and requires the establishment of boundaries. It is not about indiscriminate disclosure or seeking attention and validation. Sharing our feelings and experiences should be reserved for those who have earned the right to hear them, fostering a sense of trust and deepening relationships.

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Honouring the Privilege of Listening

Proverbs 12:15 (NIV) - "The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice."

Dr. Brown urges us to consider who has truly earned the right to hear our stories. Our experiences should be shared with individuals who can hold space for our vulnerabilities and offer genuine love and support. It is a privilege to have one or two trusted individuals in our lives who embrace our imperfections, struggles, and strengths.

The Role of Purpose and Accountability

Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) - "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
As Christians, we must carefully consider when, what, where, how, and with whom we share ourselves. Testimonies and confessions should not be misused to create false connections or seek validation. Instead, we should share with a clear purpose, allowing accountability to guide our discernment.


In the age of social media, where oversharing has become commonplace, it is crucial for Christians to approach vulnerability with wisdom and purpose. As Dr. Brene Brown highlights, true vulnerability is not about seeking attention or validation but about fostering genuine connections and trust.

Let us remember that our worth and identity are rooted in God, not in the opinions or reactions of others. By discerning when, what, where, how, and with whom we share ourselves, we can navigate vulnerability in a way that honors God and promotes genuine connection.

As we navigate the digital world, let us remember that authentic sharing is a powerful tool when wielded with discernment, respect, and love. May our words and actions reflect the grace and wisdom of Christ, leading to deeper connections, mutual growth, and the fulfillment of God's purposes in our lives.

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