Getting Over Yourself: The Challenge in Becoming


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My grandmother once told me that the universe speaks in threes. I was never quite sure what she meant by that, but can’t deny that it contributed to a personal practice I have of reading any book, poem, blog, or passage that crosses my path three times by synchronicity.

Twice during the past week, Philippians 4:13 has been quoted or read within earshot. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

And then this Tuesday, a student in my class quoted it as a scripture she has set her spiritual principles on.

That made three.

I was suddenly reminded of a passing conversation I had last month with my teenage son. Most of our good talks happen when we are outside traversing the length of our local recreational trail together. On this particular, “Walk and Talk” the topic was fear. To be specific, the question was,“What prevents you from engaging your gifts to their full capacity?”

In other words, “What fear keeps you from coming into the fullness of who you really are?”

If each of us has a purpose, and has been granted gifts to use in the name of bettering the world, why would we choose not to embrace them?

Maybe we fear failure.

Maybe what we fear is actually even deeper than that?

Here is a quote from Marrianne Williamson that I really love:

“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.”

Is there something preventing you from being the brilliant, talented, fabulous person you were meant to be? Are you afraid to apply to a program or new job? Are you not feeling motivated to spend time developing your talent to the next level?

What are you afraid will happen if you go for it?

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Perhaps it is helpful to know we are not alone while we get down to business with the often difficult, frightening work of becoming.

4 thoughts on “Getting Over Yourself: The Challenge in Becoming

  1. Erica Blevins Nye says:

    Interesting that you mention that the Universe speaks in threes. Earlier this week I came across the same quote by Marianne Williamson and passed it along to a friend. Then you wrote about it! I’ll wait for it to appear a third time…. 🙂
    Thanks for your encouraging words!

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