Inspired by this thought today.
Who Am I To Be Brilliant?
"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, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are 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
For a lot of us, we tend to feel inadequate, and rightfully so! I mean…compared to an Almighty God, we are inadequate. But there's this verse in the Bible that we often forget about…here, in verse 13. Everything I need to do, I can do with Christ. Because I was made in God's image, I myself, am not the brilliant one (insert chuckle), but God is brilliant through me. Now, when I am acting/thinking/speaking not-so-brilliantly…well, that's the human side of me. Pride hinders us in this very moment to think about how brilliant we actually can be at times, but again…it's what Christ does through us that is this thing called 'brilliant'. Every good thing from God-whether you believe in Him or not. :)
Today I want to, as she said, "manifest the glory of God that is within [me]". Worship Him. Adore Him. Thank Him. Trust Him. Think about Him. Recognize Him. Smile.