Image Bearing and Being the True You

By October 13, 2011 culture, faith No Comments

A theme is emerging in my writing this week. It’s all about being who God made me to be: His image bearer.

Tucked Within, 2010

But sometimes I get distracted by what other people are doing or I feel insecure about who I am . . . and that pushes me to be less-than me, to hide and retreat. None of this helps me in my call to reflect the greatness of God.

In my pondering, I’ve been reminded of a quote that has used in several books over the past 10 years and was also in one of my favorite movies, Akeelah and the Bee:

“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.”

I don’t want to play small. I want to shine with the light of Christ, so that He might be known and all who are around me might bask in all that He is. Here are two posts I wrote this week for Christ and Pop Culture addressing such dreams:

Reading Through “Half the Church,” Part 2: Image Bearing Basics

Mixed Signals: Cigna Calls Out to the True You

Enjoy!

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Image: “Tucked Within,” Original Art by Erin Straza, 2010.
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