“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16, KJV
Sadly, some people don’t know how to Shine. They have dimmed their lights and, in a strange twist of fate, have become blinded by the dullness.
Their limiting beliefs prevent them from radiating, or even receiving, brightness.
Internal untruths that diminish your purpose and silence your voice are limiting beliefs. They are dangerous. They are used as weapons against the self. But they can also be used against others. When these personal beliefs about one’s self are cast upon or projected upon someone else, they are nothing short of destructive.
We have to let go of and break free from these types of people and their hopeless mindsets. We cannot carry the weight of their negative burdens nor allow them to assign us new identities based upon their unhealthy attitudes and approach to life.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to be harsh. We all experience darkness from time-to-time. But only light can drive out the darkness. So we have to allow the light…and sometimes, we have to be the light for others. Unfortunately, there are those who refuse to illuminate or be illuminated.
Just hours after I shared my last post, Letting It All Go and Breaking Free, I became the target of a passive-aggressive attack that was rooted in limiting beliefs. My purpose, voice and qualifications to inspire were called into question. When cynicism is spewed into the world, it should be combated with an equal amount of encouragement. So, I countered this attack with positivity by sharing words designed to encourage others to shine against all odds.
And again, my message, designed to motivate and inspire, was met with callous opposition. My offer to be the light was refused.
When others insist on drowning you with their own limiting mentalities the intent is to fill you with self-doubt and pull you away from your purpose.
The only way around this is to recognize the attack, counter it with positivity and continue to let your light shine so you may be an example for others.
now SHINE on!
Have you ever been a victim of someone’s limiting beliefs? Has anyone ever tried to put out your light with their darkness? How did you handle it? Did you allow it to fill you with doubt and fear? Or did you SHINE on? Please share in the comments below.