For so long, I feared my own voice and BIG personality. I still struggle with it at times today, but this weekend Amanda Baker shared a poem that was about something totally different and yet spoke to me about how much we fear shining bright while others are waiting for the light we give.
I am a woman with a B I G personality and that has caused me a lot of stress over the years because it felt like that was a bad thing. When I am in groups and I am talking while others are quiet, I can struggle with self-doubt and negative inner talk. “Why do you talk so much. No one cares what you have to say.” But then I will get a message from someone about how what I shared helped them, or asking me for the resource I mentioned, and I realize that my inner voice is the inner child I quieted for so longer speaking up because of fear, shame, and so much more. I broke up with allowing those emotions to control me and it has been so much better ever since.
Someone out there needs your voice.
Someone out there is waiting for your story.
Someone out there will change their life the moment they watch your video, hear your song, read your blog post, show up to your class, or read your book.
BUT, you have first be willing to do the work to show up in that way.
Being in the spotlight is scary. I get it. I HATE IT. As I’ve shared, it can be overwhelming how many negative self-talk statements will show up in my mind at times. But, I’ve learned that taking a moment to let the spotlight shine on me so I can share what God has gifted me to say takes the FOCUS OFF ME!
Yes, really. Because when I let him move through it, it isn’t about what comes out but what the other person receives. It is about the message that He has for the reader or the listener. It is about the way He wants to show up for someone else. The only part I have to play is to do the work.
Whether you believe in God or not, I promise you He has work He is ready to do through you if you will shine bright. He has worked through people throughout history that didn’t see Him as the God of creation. And when you do believe in Him, please don’t believe for a moment He won’t work through you to touch folks who don’t believe in Him.
The point is for you to show up, stop fearing who you are, and SHINE BRIGHT. The rest will happen because of your willingness to use what you’ve been given!