“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.