My son, don’t play small. Right now you dream of big things. You tell me you want to fly in a car and be a basketball champion. You don’t yet know limits (to my unending chagrin, and also my delight) – you push and push until you get what you want. And as your mommy who loves you, I delight in giving you what you want when it is for your good.
So too, does your Father in Heaven.
He wants to fulfill the dreams that you will one day be too shy to say out loud. He expects big things of you – for He knit you together to be an unstoppable force for good in the world.
My Son, Don’t Play Small (You’re not really allowed to)
Time and ‘experience’ will try to change you and make you believe you should take the well-traveled path, but darling boy – turn back and look at your mama who will always be cheering you on to a bigger stage – a more dangerous one perhaps – but the one that God expects, your (future) family deserves and the world needs you desperately to be on.
Of him to whom much has been given – much will be required.
You have been given nothing short of …. everything.
We for our part will expose you to people, events, ideas and creations that will inspire you. We are the stories we tell, and your daddy and I will tell you good ones. Wholesome ones. Stories that capture your heart and light a fire under you. This part of our bedtime routine applies.
Finally – watch us, as we too work to become bright lights in a dim world. Together as a family we will grow into the people we are supposed to be, the “best versions of ourselves”. This is not a road you, or I, can walk alone – and we are building a village to support you.
The World Needs You
I have these words by Marianne Williamson inscribed on just about every journal and planner I’ve ever owned:
“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 does not serve the world. There is 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Playing it safe is easy, there are well marked roads to becoming a CEO or a Wall Street Lawyer. Less well traveled, and much more personalized are the paths to holiness and system disruptions that change the course of history for your children and my grand-babies.
So sonship, don’t play small. Grab life with both hands and a winning attitude. Dream big dreams and then chase them with passion and purpose.
For with God, nothing is impossible.