“Your playing small doesn’t serve the world…” – Marianne Wilson.
That line in passing – may not mean much. But when you hear it a few times over as I have for whatever reason – you spend some time thinking about it. You may begin to realise there’s some truth that lingers beneath those 7 words.
Shrinking small doesn’t make you any more humble. Or any better than anyone else. At least I don’t think it does.
How do you think in playing small, that you can offer much to those around you? In your shrinking small you aren’t giving anything – other than far more weight to the voice of perhaps fear than it’s supposed to have. You are infact giving less to situations, tasks, life or even yourself – than you could.
That in itself creates a barrier between you and love reaching out. That in itself creates barriers to becoming more of what you are. It creates barriers – not freedom. In your shrinking away from a task, from anything if – because of fear – you aren’t being your true self, you aren’t operating at your best. You aren’t operating how you were created to be.
You were meant to shine. Shrinking away, rather than rising up is not really brave. As much as I find that hard to say. It without a doubt takes courage drawn from love in order to rise up sometimes – I know that for sure. But I do think – it’s not exactly righteous to shrink. I don’t even think that’s what being humble is. I think humbleness perhaps is more about an attitude whatever the outcome good or bad. I think we have a responsibility to give our best to the world whatever we do in the little day in and day out tasks of life. I think we have a responsibility to be the best we can without fear being the leading voice. It just can’t be that way.
What if the voice of love lead you instead? What if? What would that look like? What if the voice of gracious love lead you? The type of voice that is completely lead by grace that is willing to overlook every stupid thing we’ve done and call us into becoming more time and time again. There will always be a hand to help pull us up and out. Maybe in listening to love … It might create a different type of picture. It might create a different perspective when you come into situations where you feel like shrinking. It might be the place courage sparks up into a flame.
Shine on and Rise up I say! Coz you are a a miracle that the world needs to see and hear and encounter.
“And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in…….the extravagant dimensions of his love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of <him> .” Ephesians 3:18 MSG