Monday, January 26, 2009

Unique Opportunities

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 frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the Glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some; it’s in all, 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.” ~Nelson Mandela

Each of us has the unique opportunity to be who God created us to be. Some of us will embrace that, while others will spend their entire lives running away from it. We hide like Gideon in the pit, threshing our grain where even the wind can not reach. We look in the mirror and tell ourselves we can not do it, when really we fear what it may be like, if we did. We have heard it is lonely at the top, and it is, if you don't bring anyone along with you.

As we take small steps toward achieving our dreams, we touch lives that will forever be altered. It may be in a direct way as you help others see their potential. It may be someone watching from the wings, who decides to take a bold step toward their dreams. The greatest honor is that in our moments of greatness we can reflect back on the one that gave us that light in the first place.

4 comments:

Daniel said...

Brian thanks for this post. I have spent much of my life hiding and avoiding contact with others. I can tell you that this only leads to missing out on life, the life that God has in store for us. The rewards of opening up and allowing yourself to be vulnerable are great. I encourage everyone to think about this. Blessings my friend.

Mom said...

Thank you for reminding me anew that there are always people "watching in the wings". Whether it is my purposeful contact with others or just through their observance of me, I need to be a beacon for the Lord of my life 24/7.

BluNBlond said...

Thanks for this post Brian. You have a great way of wording things. I have thought about this before. I try to let God use me however He wants but I know I push back sometimes.

jake (to the) holla said...

great post.. and i actually had a conversation on this topic a couple days ago, about the awareness of those that look up to you who are always watching/admiring your every move