Our Deepest Fear
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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, handsome, talented and 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 within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
This widely acclaimed poem is actually not a poem at all, but an excerpt from A Return To Love, by Marianne Williamson. The passage has such inspirational power that it is now a stand-alone mantra for a generation of exceptional individuals who wish to motivate themselves and others to live up to their fullest potential
If you are a parent, a teacher, a day care provider, a pastor, a coach – you are leading others all the time. No matter who you are or what you do, you are a leader, a person of influence. And to be a truly effective leader, you must first be able to lead yourself.
Leadership truly develops from the inside out. You and I were created to lead and to rule, to ‘have dominion over’ the earth (Gen 1:26, 28). But as sinful beings, we tend to go our own way instead of following God’s leadership.
If you can become the leader you ought to be on the inside, you will be able to become the leader you want to be on the outside. People will want to follow you. And when that happens, with God’s help you’ll be able to tackle anything in this world.”
You can see the impact of leadership frequently in the Bible. In ancient Israel, when God’s people had a good king, all was well with the nation. When they had a bad king, things went poorly for everyone. That’s why Scripture teaches that without a vision people perish (Prov. 29:18).
The call to leadership is a consistent pattern in the Bible. When God decided to raise up a nation of His own, He didn’t call upon the masses. He called out one leader – Abraham. When He wanted to deliver His people out of Egypt, He didn’t guide them as a group. He raised up a leader to do it – Moses. When it came time for the people to cross into the Promised Land, they followed one man – Joshua. Every time God desires to do something great he calls a leader to step forward. Today he stills calls leaders to step forward for every great work.
A follower of God should be a leader of people. That’s more than just being “boss” or having a leadership position. And it certainly doesn’t mean being pushy or in control. Jesus taught that it means serving others (Matt 20:25-28). While there is a gift to exert your influence in a Christ like way, leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less. If you are being salt and light as Jesus commanded, then you have begun to obey God’s call to leadership.
Thomas Jefferson proclaimed: “In matters of fashion, swim with the current. In matters of conscience, stand like a rock.”
Leadership is for everyone. Every person who accepts Christ is called to influence others. Leadership is not just for a select few it’s for everyone. If you call yourself a Christian, then you are called to influence others.
Leadership is influence.
Comfort one another,
For the way is often dreary,
And the feet are often weary,
And the heart is very sad.
There is a heavy burden bearing,
When it seems that none are caring,
And we half forget that every we were glad.
Comfort one another,
With the hand clasp close and tender, with the sweetness love can render,
And the looks of friendly eyes.
Do not wait with grace unspoken,
While life’s daily bread is broken –
Gentle speech is oft like manna from the skies.