We are greatest than even our greatest fear, yet we remain compromised by our greatest fear. We fear that we are inadequate but the truth is that we are powerful beyond measure. What frightens us is not always negative, but the positive life wants to give. The human condition robs us of seeing greatness manifest in us. This is why we shrink back in moments of greatness and disappear when the spotlight is on us. Simply put, we are our greatest fear. It's time we do something about it. We're not afraid that nobody knows us, we're afraid that people will need us. We're not afraid to share the answer, we're afraid to speak up. In protecting the you you don't want anybody to see, you hurt others. They'll never get the answer they seek. Some may never see boldness and courage on display and that young impressionable dreamer? They'll live the rest of their lives believing the lie that their dreams are impossible. We need you. We need you to shine your light.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
Have you ever thought about it? Light doesn't reflect in a straight line. Shine your light for the people you'll never meet. Do it for the people whose thanks will be shared in a foreign language, in a foreign land or in a foreign method of communication. You see, you will never discover just how bright the light within you will shine until you allow it opportunity. Until you peel back the curtain for the world to see, starting with you, it's just a meager possibility. But we want to live in the reality of your shine! What are you waiting on? Who said you're not good enough, smart enough, tough enough, tall enough, brave enough, or you enough? There's a light in you that's bigger than you! The light that manifested when God said "let there be light" is alive in you! It's so big...it's big enough to outshine doubt, defeat and detours. You smiled a little bit, didn't you? You thought about life in the light for half a second.
Think about it, again. The light is peaking through, you're at least thinking about it. That's a great start. You may not shine today, tomorrow, this week or even this year. But remember, you don't have forever to shine. With each passing day, our lights get a little dimmer. With each wasted moment, another opportunity is missed to brighten someone's day or show them the good that's in the world. One day, all we'll have is memories of you. We'll remember you shining or shrinking. It's up to you. You don't think we know, do you?
We know what's in you, we're surprised you conceal it so well. If we could reach in and pull it ourselves we would. But the light needs permission. Not from us, but from you! You have to say it's ok for the light in you to come out and play! It doesn't matter if your young or old and gray! Light is light, so do all you can with all your might! Make life brighter for someone by sharing your light. See, you're not inadequate. You're too much to bottle up! We could never, and don't plan to, either!
So, shine on! Shine your light and don't you dare dim it for anyone!
In 2015, Pastor Ronald Daugherty released a book of inspirational poetry. One entry spoke volumes to me, and I want to share it with you. In the poem, Pastor Daugherty reasons why many of us don’t allow our light to shine. Many of us share the same excuses and trepidation that keep us from letting it shine.
What I discovered in this poem is that many of us don’t let our light shine because we would much rather it be something else! In “The Journey to Genesis,” readers have been encouraged to “return” to their point of creation for an understanding of why God made them and to then do what He assigned them. Welcome to the next step of walking it out and in so doing, letting your light shine!
I thought I would sing for the Lord or from memory a verse I could quote,
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In our book blog, we're continuing the conversation with readers. We know that writing a thought provoking book will make you think, but what do you do then? Well, we hope to continue the conversation began by reading the book with posts here.