While it seems somewhat strange to have opposite fears going on in our mind, I think it happens a lot. Yesterday we talked about the fear of not being enough, but equally as frustrating can be the fear of being too much.
Where it’s because of false humility or, once again, the ugly game of comparison, sometimes we hold ourselves back from doing what God has called us to do, or even what we enjoy, because of this fear. We want to just blend in with the crowd and not do anything that would make us stand out. I could write a lot about this, but I think nothing summarizes the reasons I want to give this fear up better than one of my favorite quotes by Marianne Williamson:
“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 does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
God’s Word says it this way:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Let’s give up the fear of being “too much” and shine BRIGHT for Jesus today!