Today I have a cold. It's not so fun but it is an excuse to sit in my bed and watch movies all day. I decided the watch Akeelah and the Bee this morning. It is one of those feel-good, underdog rises to the top, clean and pure movies. In the movie, it quotes this quote that instantly caught my eye.
"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."
We are born to let our light shine. We were made to manifest God's glory that is in us. We were created for greatness and when we live anything but this greatness, we are robbing ourselves and others from the abundant life that Jesus has promised us.