Feeding Your Faith Or Fear

8 07 2012

Recently I asked my readers what are some topics they want to read about. Kristen Seidl  gave me the idea of taking the poem by Marianne Williamson “Our Deepest Fear” and breaking it down in sections to help people live the life they’ve always wanted. Best selling author Orrin Woodward in his book Resolved writes of this poem in relation to one’s purpose.

Here is the poem in bold italics section by section followed by my thoughts in regular font.

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

Many times I see people on the verge of success only to let it crumble only steps away from the victory line. Before reading this I would only scratch my head confused but now realize that many times it’s because their greatness is being revealed and its scares them.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

In a world where darkness is celebrated as the norm, a ray of light not only frightens us but those around us. That light which should be celebrated is often shunned making it more comfortable for the person shining the light to return to the darkness.


Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

When we discover this our fears don’t seem to matter much at all.

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.

Probably my favorite section of the poem! How many times do we or others shrink because we think there is no way one person can change the world. There is greatness inside each one of us and if everyone didn’t stop until we discovered that individual greatness, imagine how much better this world would be?! Also, children shine in greatness and believe they have it in them. At what age do they stop believing there is greatness in them and why?

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

Keep searching and working to unveil the God-given greatness that is in each one of us.


And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Many people are trapped in a world of mediocrity because of fear.  Every time someone else has the courage to step out of their fear it causes a ripple affect of others who now have “permission” to overcome their fears. The catch is someone has to lead. Someone has to be the first one so that there is a blueprint for others to follow. Who will that be? Get off the couch, take a stand, and be the change so desperately needed in this world giving someone else the faith to overcome their fear!

Enjoy the journey, Steve Leurquin

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23 responses

18 07 2012
Bryan A Kemp

Awesome post Steve!! That’s a fantastic poem and i love the way yo seperated it and added your thoughts. I would agree with the comment on people not wanting to be the first to step out and lead because i was unfortunately one of those people. Thanks to this community and the awesome information and Leaders like you and Jamie, Steve and Kelli and the PC i’m developing a whole new way of thinking and truly understanding the importance and the need for Leaders to step up in this world.
Thank You and God Bless!!

14 07 2012
Kevin Hamm

Hey Steve,

Great insights. I have a grave analogy I will share sometime of how fear caused a man with great knowledge of physics to act completely contrary to that knowledge which led to his tragic death. The only fear that moves us forward is a fear of God. That is a great word study in the Bible if you feel so inclined to study it out. Thanks for your great insights. I have fears myself that impede my process too often. I am looking forward to your first book. You are a talented writer.

Kevin Hamm

10 07 2012
Shannon & Kelly McGinley

Thanks as always for the insight Steve! I love this poem; it is so powerful. Your break down is awesome!

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

Thanks Kelly. It is a great poem. Always feel free to give thoughts on it as well.

9 07 2012
Keith Wrage Jr

Thanks Steve! Great post! Thanks for leading and rippling on all of us!

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

Thanks for your response Keith.

9 07 2012
Steve Sager

Great post Steve!!

In Orrin’s book Resolved, right after this awesome quote there is a brief sentence where so many of the greatest treasures on earth can be found in the cemeteries; pointing to those who played it safe all the way to the grave vs. fulfilling a purpose driven life. A life that was significantly lived; to reach for greatness and setting the example for others.

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

Right back at you Steve.

9 07 2012
Bill Eder

Good stuff Steve. Your perspectives on the verse are outstanding. I sure glad you took Kristen idea, this is very good I just may have to copy this file it for future reference. It’s so neat having leaders like we have in this organization willing to share bits of wisdom with one another and the rest of the world. Keep this type of info coming. Together everyone achives more is proven with the TEAM system. Blessings –Bill–

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

Thank you Bill! WIll do.

9 07 2012
Teesa Rossman

Thank you, Steve for the “play by play”. Very cool.

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

How about your play by play? I’m sure all would like your perspective!

9 07 2012
Joy

This is something that I think many people struggle with myself included. i love the way you reply to the poem. People would be much happier if they realized and believed they are a child of God! We do need poeple to lead us to that though. For me perhaps would not have believed that if not for leaders like yourself and Jamie. Thank you and God Bless

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

There is greatness in you Joy!

9 07 2012
Kelli Sager

Steve , what a great analogy ! My favorite part was your last paragraph . You are absolutely right . There are so many people out there who are ready to step out and pursue their greatness , but no one wants to go first . We need more people like you & Jamie , who have lead the way and given us all the chance to get past our fears , and try to be an example for others , to let out the fire inside !

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

I’m very sure you and your husband are stepping out and being the first. Thanks for your leadership! FIRT!

8 07 2012
Kristen Seidl

This is one of my favorite’s Steve – and your analysis was awesome! I remember Orrin saying a couple weeks ago that we have a CHOICE to either feed our fears or feed our faith and the one we feed is the one that will win. Thank you for feeding your faith and creating the blueprint for others to follow. It is inspiring to witness as your communities explode! God Bless.

9 07 2012
Teesa Rossman

Thanks Kristen for the great idea, it turned out awesome.

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

Congratulations of having your idea chosen Kristen! Your blog is awesome!

9 07 2012
billswisdom

Kristen thanks to your idea we all gain from Steves insightful blog. You are an amzing young lady. Proud to be on your Team. God Bless

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

I steal all my stuff from the wise people around me!

8 07 2012
Greg Streuly

Love this poem! I shared it with my seniors on their last day of class.

10 07 2012
steveleurquin1

Great idea Greg!

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