The Loudmouth Protestant

May 4, 2009

Quote of the Day: Marianne Williamson

Filed under: God,life — nickisym @ 1:33 pm
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A friend sent me this Marianne Williamson quote about four years ago. At that time, I read it and put it to the side thinking, I’m not that kind of person. I know who I am. But four years later, I’d realize that I am the person whose deepest fear is the greatness within me. I know I’ve been called to greatness. I know that God wants to do some things through me. He told me–He told all of us really, “Greater works shall ye do in my name.” But still, I ask myself, “Who am I to be talented, gorgeous, brilliant and fabulous?” And many times I’ve walked away thinking, “You are none of those things because no one has told you you are.

After years of being rejected and passed over, I started to discount myself. But over the past few months, God has been showing me what He sees in me. He has shown me that He loves me because He relates to me spirit to spirit. He has let me know that I am righteous, not that I have to work for it, but through Christ death, I have been made the righteousness of Him. And it’s in the true knowledge of God that I have true knowledge of self. A position that John Calvin asserts as very important in the life of the believer. In order to know yourself, you must know God. You can only truly know yourself when you truly know God.

And so I return back to this Marianne Williamson quote realizing the work that God has done in me and the fact that I can’t look back and I must press forward to walk into my destiny.

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

In the words of Rev. Carolyn Showell, “Obscurity is no longer an option.”

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