In week 49 of the first 52 weeks of My 52 Weeks of Worship Project, one of the churches that I visited was Trinity Center Spiritual for Spiritual Living in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of the sermon, the pastor shared one of my favorite quotes. I am sharing it with you, as it always speaks volumes, no matter when you hear it.
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, Return to Love