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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 23, 2013

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TUESDAY, July 23

Mark 4:21-34. He said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand?”

Janet Davis, a writer and spiritual director, spoke about her new book, My Own Worst Enemy, to a group at our seminary. A lovely and gifted woman, she told how she used to hear an inner voice asking her, “Just who do you think you are?” Her book is about letting your light shine.

American women, at least until recently, were reared to be modest and humble. The result is that many women fear their talent and success will be scorned. “Just who do you think you are?”

I struggled with this, too, for a long time. But when I find myself being small in order for someone to feel big, I remember parts of a quote from Nelson Mandela’s inaugural address in 1994. He said, “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.”

Jesus would agree with these words of Mandela’s too. “Your playing small does not serve the world.”

Shine. For the sake of the world, shine.

This meditation incorrectly attributed the quote "There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us" to Nelson Mandela. Mandela was quoting Marianne Williamson from her book Return to Love. We apologize for this oversight.

PRAY for the Diocese of Pankshin (Jos, Nigeria)

Ps 45 * 47, 48; 1 Samuel 25:1-22; Acts 14:1-18

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