“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.” This quote by Marianne Williamson, a New York Times bestselling author, emphasizes that the goal of every person should be to let the light within them shine by pursuing their passion while provoking others to pursue theirs. This is not prideful; rather, it is glorifying to God and encouraging to others.
Sometimes Christians are perceived as good, but mediocre. While goodness is a measure of our moral character, it is not enough to fulfill God’s plan for our lives. This plan is not simply all about our moral qualities; it is also about our calling. God is actively interested and concerned with every aspect of our lives.
As Williamson stated, people around us should be able to see the light of God within us. However, that does not mean that while we are displaying our talents that we have to dim our light with false humility just to make others feel comfortable. This will only make us feel smaller and leave us without the confidence that is necessary to carry out God’s plan for our lives. As Christians we are called to goodness and the pursuit of excellence.
-DeAnna Lockett, Class of 2017