“What holds us back in our lives is our fear. And sometimes when you take a very close look you find that your fears are not exactly what you thought they were.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It’s our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? But actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s 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 all of us. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. So it’s holy work to move past your own fear. It doesn’t just help you, it helps the world.”
I was thinking of this quote today. I remember hearing it first in the movie Akeelah and the Bee (below) but then discovered there is more to this quote than appeared in the film.
Incredibly moving and so true. I have been playing it small for too long. Most of us have. Put your heart to do this holy work:
Overcome your fears.
I have been saying to myself lately, “do what scares you”. One of my biggest fears I suppose would be “fear of rejection”, but honestly, now that I know I am “accepted in the Beloved“, this is no longer my greatest fear.
So I started to put myself out there. I have been sharing new songs and talks from what it on my heart to share. I publicly shared my testimony and bared my soul so that others may come to experience Jesus for themselves. All this can be found at my personal Youtube channel and Our Music Channel Reflect Worship. Please subscribe!
Here is that quote again from the movie “Akeelah and Bee”: