“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.”
This is probably one of my favorite quotes right now. Last night at youth group, Jonathan talked about dreams, and living out our dreams, and he said “The issue isn’t that we set the bar too high and fail, it’s that we set the bar too low and succeed”
We take these big dreams our ours, and we say “I can’t do that”. We say “That’s too big, I’m going to just set my bar lower, because I don’t deserve to shine.”
Last night was the best night for me to be my last night as a youth leader, because I got to see one of our students big dreams become something he never thought it would be. He had a dream to mobilize teens to make a difference for different causes around the world, so he started a thing called TMAD (Teens Making A Difference), and decided that he was going to focus first on helping organizations that are fighting child sex slavery. But then things stalled. He pushed to work on things, but nothing came of it. No one helped with the things he needed help with. Last night, we were able to help him achieve his dream by supplying him with one of his first steps…
One of his first steps to help raise the initial funds was to sell TMAD t-shirts. Without him knowing, we bought him t-shirts, so that way 100% of the sales from them can go to helping him with his idea’s.
He set his bar high. And he’s hit it. (please, take a minute and visit TMAD’s facebook page, you can find more info there, as well as pics of their new t-shirts)
As I begin to move away from youth ministry (which I talk about here) and into new things at work and at the church, I’m beginning to realize how much I hid behind “what I’ve always done”. I’ve set my bar low to something I know I can do, and even worse, I’ve succeded in it. I’ve said “I am not brillant”.
So as I step out into this realm of not knowing whats coming next, and preparing for the future, I want to take a page out of one of the youth’s book, and I want to set my bar high. I want to shine my light, and free others to do the same!