Wednesday, March 16, 2011

if it's good enough for Nelson, it's good enough for me

-Discovering a Marianne Williamson book used at a bookstore, aptly titled "Everyday Grace." I know of her because a paragraph from one of her books (
A Return to Love) was quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural address in 1994. It's one of my favorite quotes:

"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'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 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're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

-Spending the afternoon sermonating on Exodus 17 while also working on a Bible Study on Esther for tomorrow. It's been fun to jump back and forth between such different, rich texts.

-A really good morning jog. I'm proud of myself that I've kept up with my weekday jogs for over 2 weeks now. I feel more awake, have more energy and have no qualms at all about indulging in a little coffee ice cream in the afternoon!

1 comment:

Lynn said...

I went to a lecture of hers in Atlanta about 10 years ago. I have that book, too. I agree - it's wonderful.