Let Your Light Shine

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 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, handsome, talented and 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 within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.  

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  (An excerpt from A Return To Love, a book by motivational speaker and author Marianne Williamson)

Is it possible that we are not held back by feelings of inadequacy, but instead we are afraid of what God can actually accomplish through us? Do we find it difficult to believe that God would entrust us with the abilities required to achieve greatness in His name?  Feelings of inadequacy and insecurity hold us captive, and  lead us to believe that someone else is better equipped or more skilled.  But the true question is, “Why wouldn’t we be able to accomplish greatness through the power of God?” Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  We can be sure if God calls us to do something, He will equip us with everything necessary to be used by Him.

Do you remember the childhood game of “Simon Says”?  We tried so diligently to do exactly what Simon said to do.  We never questioned, just eagerly obeyed Simon’s instruction.  But as adults, we do just the opposite.  When God calls us to do something, we do not hesitate in saying “no”.  Sometimes because we feel inadequate to do the task, but more often than not we are held captive by fear.  If we can overcome that fear and let our light shine for Him, others will find the courage to do the same.  “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

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