I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I love it because I am able to keep in touch with people I care about who live all over the country and the world. I love it because I see things that inspire me. I love it because I can keep up with so many things at once. I love it because I’ve been able to attend a couple of free online training seminars that keep me pressing forward in my career. I hate it because I can waste incredible amounts of time. I hate it because I compare others highlights to the often daily dullness of my life. I hate it because I allow the impersonal touch to replace the personal touch of a phone call or actually hanging out face to face. I hate it because it tempts me to to try to be like everyone else rather than being me.
This morning one of my dear friends, Shelly, posted a quote on her Facebook page (yes I get the irony). This quote is from “Akeelah and the Bee” and I remember being impacted by it when I first saw the movie. Reading this quote this morning has led me to GIVE myself a swift kick in the pants. (You know sometimes the greatest gift we can give ourselves is a kick in the behind to propel ourselves forward!!)
“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.”
Far too often I allow fear to define me. I allow the expectations of others to set the priorities of my day. This year I want to let His light shine and GIVE others permission to do the same.
Let’s be who God made us to be!!!
But even further than that…ourselves as servants for Jesus sake.
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”