Don’t be afraid to shine

“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.” 
                                 -Marrianne Williamson

Even though this is one of my favorite quotes, sometimes I forget about it. Or maybe, ironically enough, I’m afraid to not be fearful, so it becomes lost in a pile of worthy but unheeded advice. Either way, when its lyrical verse does occasionally float up to the surface of my pondering thoughts, it is just as powerful and challenging as the first time I read it in high school.

I disagree with Williamson’s initial proposition – most people are not only hindered, but completely inhibited by insecurity. But, that does not mean that one actually is inadequate, only that he is his first (unnecessary) blockade to greatness. The Holy Spirit has endowed each of us with characteristics and strengths unique to ourselves. We were each made to be AWESOME! (Used in its original, un-hackneyed state: literally to fill – and inspire – others with awe.)

So, as I remind myself of the great gifts and strengths with which God has blessed me and which He has called me to use for unfathomable good, I’d like to allow you the opportunity to do so as well.

Shine. Be bold. Be you.

It’s contagious.

A Sugah Cain Testimony

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