In keeping with my recent string of posts about “selflessness”, here’s a quote that I really like:
[by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles]
“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.”
The connection between this and my recent string of posts is this:
People often make the mistake of focusing exclusively on human sinfulness, brokenness and depravity. As a result, we think that’s all that’s true about us. And so we label our desires as “bad”, and pursue negative pseudo-virtues like “selflessness”.
But the Biblicaltruth is that our Glory preceded our Depravity, and God intends to restore our Glory (and more!) by conforming us to the likeness of Christ. God has destined YOU for GLORY! Not a self-righteous glory that’s all about you, but a God-honoring and humble glory that comes from your Maker. As David Crowder said,
“You make everything glorious / And I am yours / What does that make me?” (Everything Glorious)
Or as the Apostle Paul said:
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18) (See also Romans 8:17-21)
So remember: It’s ok for you to shine brightly. In fact, you were created for it.