“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
I have heard and read this poem a million times, and still to this day it touches me. This poem is more than an inspiration, it serves as my confirmation. Confirmation that tells me that I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me, confirmation that tells me to never limit myself, or minimize my potential to stay in tuned with others. Confirmation that tells me to not be scared of myself and to welcome all new opportunities no matter what.
Often times we push off new opportunities because we do not know enough information about them or we think that the task may be a little too much for us to handle. Although it is normal for us to judge our own abilities, sometimes we undermine ourselves and overlook these opportunities that will better us in the end.
Today I ask that you stop saying NO to new opportunities just because you do not feel like you are “ready” for them. Keep in mind that “The will of God will never take you where the grace of God won’t protect you,” and know that you are more than equipped for the task at hand. Step out on Faith, and stop playing small.