Stretched To Transparency

This is a guest post by Chris Vonada. He is an author and geologist with many other hobbies. He lives in Jacksonville, FL. Visit to find out more about his books:  Common Ground… Geology Happens! and Believe… And You Say?


Stretched To Transparency


Leave some margin in your day and you’ll live a life that is more satisfying and less stressful.
rubber band - keep stretching

Have you heard that one before? I sure have, and, believe it to be true. It seems whenever I fill up my world with stuff to do there are always times when I’m running a little behind (like delivering this blog post to Jon S. a day late – yikes!). I guess this happens to us all, that things don’t always go exactly as we plan at times. Planning is essential to being productive. It’s always a bit of a challenge to me when the unexpected comes up, and I have to make a choice between, basically, living out my life and following my own plans. What’s more important? They both are important, really.

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon

I guess in some ways what Lennon was referring to was the choice between living in the moment and planning for the future. In the end, I’m guessing that this Beatle followed his own good advice. Remember, his life was cut short by an unplanned aberration.

While I always try to balance my life in terms of where I’m choosing to spend my time, I also believe that I should strive to stay “stretched to transparency” when it comes to living for Jesus. Stretched to transparency – basically living for Him in such a way that it’s apparent to others why I’m doing what I’m doing. Maybe that’s tweeting a Bible verse, or sharing part of the Gospel to inspire a friend in conversation. It could also be writing a little bit more about how I see Jesus in the beauty of our majestic mountains, or how the soothing sound of waves rolling up on the beach remind me of Him. Transparency is the modus operandi when it comes to living life as a witness for Jesus.

Someone once told me living the life of a Christian is boring. You know, not all that much fun. Why? I’m guessing that some think of fun as what we call living in the world vs. planning, or “waiting” for our eternity. But is that completely correct? It sure is a different twist on the Lennon quote, right?


“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon

Maybe that was what JL meant, a twist on living IN the world vs. living FOR eternity? Not so sure now?

If you’re not staying stretched to transparency, you’re not living. (Click To Tweet)

So many times when we think of Christ we’re seeking something, like eternal life. I found a gold nugget recently, about living our lives NOW… and a little more about what Jesus had planned for us in this life:

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10

Have your cake and eat it too? Yep, that’s what Jesus said, you can enjoy your life now and see Him in eternity. So many times we’re told that we have to sacrifice to “cover up” our sins. Jesus offers us a rich and satisfying life now, and the promise of a future.

“Stretched To Transparency” – shouldn’t I be talking it up throughout my daily walk? I think so. What’s there not to be excited about this overflowing life, and living for Him?

This is a guest post from Chris Vonada. Chris is an author and geologist, and also enjoys reading, running, anything outdoors, travel, family, friends, music and life! He writes about his passions at I’m Just Thinkin’ ( You can also follow him on Twitter (