Sunday, March 20, 2011

Holy Adventure - Day 8

“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

This quote is often attributed to South African President, Nelson Mandela, but is actually from the book, A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. As a child of God, created in the image of God, we have a great honor and responsibility to live fully who we were created to be, and that may cause us to “shrink” at times. To live into and up to the image of God is certainly not the easy way through life. How are you being called to “make manifest the glory of God that is within” you?

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