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 is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. 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 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.
There are very few of us who will ever be talented enough to script a movie screenplay and there are even fewer who will be inspired to incorporate the most joyful place they ever spent time visiting into what would become their swan song! But such was the accomplishment of a man by the name of Scott Winters (not to be confused with the actor Scott William Winter, who appeared in the TV series on HBO, OZ)! Knowing he was terminally ill, Mr Winters labored for years to write a love story about a lake community and the miracles that happen there, having no idea that it would be made into a movie by Lifetime Television. And he was able to bear witness to the fruits of his labors, viewing the airing of the movie, only a short time before he would pass away. I’m sure the work he put into this was bone wearying, but he knew that this accomplishment would become part of the legacy of both his life, and his heritage, that would be his gift to present, as well as future, generations!
A Writer’s Statement: Scott Winters
(written in Hospice, July 2011)
(Nehemiah 1: 5-11(a) NIV)Then I said:“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’
10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.Colossians 3:12-14 KJV
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