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Friday, June 24, 2005

"What's you're greatest fear?"

I just got done watching Coach Carter with Kevin, one of my great friends. There are multiple messages in this movie that we can grab on and run with. But I wanted to share one with you below. Coach Carter asks his team, "What's your greatest fear?" a couple of times in the movie. Here's one player's response:
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 dark that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people don't feel insecure around you.We are all meant to shine as children do. Its not just in some of us; its in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsiously give other people the courage to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
How many students do we know, or people for that matter, who are scared or embarrassed to show the light of Jesus in their life? How many times have we ourselves struggled with that? Too many for me to count. It's not the dark that frightens me the most. I'm all too comfortable with that. It's the light. How many times do we shrink to the small background of our world even though we know Jesus would like to speak and shine through us. And here's the cool part, as we step out and are liberated from our fears, we give others the permission to do the same. Jesus is the hope and example of our liberation. And if we can help others with their liberation then maybe, just maybe that's part of being holy. Because wherever God is, there is holiness.

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