Along the journey towards the greater, there are many small, daily steps to better understand oneself, God, and others. This is one of my “daily steps”.
I have really weak arms.
My husband recently bought a pull-up bar and I swear I strained something just touching the thing. And after 720 pure barre classes the plank and push up series are still my hardest part of class.
These were the thoughts in my head as I traveled down the road to @purebarreaddison yesterday for a private 500 club photographed class. “Who am I to be here?” The women streaming through the doors are strong. Some are almost at 1000 classes and seem to effortlessly make it through each one.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who can talk themselves down in a situation like this one – talk themselves out of belonging or mattering to the story.
But we do belong and we do matter.
This morning I listened to @christiannesquires first #bearthelight podcast episode with @noelle_faithsetfree. At one point Noelle mentioned (I’m paraphrasing here) that the world needs us to live into who we are and the light we can bring into the world in our own unique ways.
And #gregboyle once said “Jesus says, “You are the light of the world.” I like even more what Jesus doesn’t say. He does not say, “One day, if you are more perfect and try really hard, you’ll be light.” He doesn’t say “If you play by the rules, cross your T’s and dot your I’s, then maybe you’ll become light.” No. He says, straight out, “You are light.” It is the truth of who you are, waiting only for you to discover it. So, for God’s sake, don’t move. No need to contort yourself to be anything other than who you are.”
So, in other words, so what if I have weak arms.
My prayer this morning is that we all can let the fear go today, be who we uniquely are, and let our light shine that it may illuminate others.