Friday, February 27, 2009

Soul Searching

Sometimes a little soul searching is required in life. Right now is one of those times for me. In my search, I came across this is a great quote from a speech given at BYU by John Groberg called, "What is Your Mission?":

“If we do not know what our mission is, if we are not sure, if we are uncertain as to whether we are in fact fulfilling it, or if we do not have the positive assurance in our lives that our actions and our performance are pleasing to our Father in Heaven, then it does not really matter what else we are spending our time doing--it is not as important as finding out what we should be doing and having the assurance that we are doing it. Or to put it another way, if we are really interested in doing our Father's will we had better pay the price--whatever price is necessary.”

The whole speech is amazing, though it's pretty long, so make sure you've set aside some good soul-searching time. :)

Despite my recent need for some soul searching, there are many things I KNOW, which I am grateful for. One of my favorite thoughts is the following:

"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 doesn't serve the world.

There's 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're liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others."

~ From A RETURN TO LOVE by Marianne Williamson


Ashley said...

Is everything alright? I miss talking to you everyday! Thanks for the insight.

Robyn said...

Keep looking. You will find what you are looking for in the Lords time.

Jeff said...

That's one of my favorite quotes. Thanks for sharing it. You are brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous and you are a daughter of God. He loves you and He will help you get through this trial and help you learn whatever it is you need to learn from it. Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth you. (Phillipians 4:13)

Ann said...

As usual you find the exact words for the feelings that have been floating around inside of me. I have a good idea... let's be brilliant together!

Carol said...

Sometimes when we want our life to be one blank canvas filled with paint-by-number instructions it would be well to remember that we are works in progress and the Master is the artist who can make a masterpiece of our lives if we are courageous enough to hand over the paintbrush. I love you!