New Beginnings

I started a project about 2 months ago that I’ve been pouring myself into day and night. I’ve probably put in 100+ hours already and I’ve barely even scratched the surface. It’s a massive project, one that requires the emotional labor necessary for any truly inspired creation. I’m unequivocally thrilled about the direction it’s headed and absolutely giddy about its endless possibilities. I’ve only showed about 5 people what the project is but the feedback I’ve received has done nothing to dampen my spirits. I’m probably going to launch in the next 25 days and just typing those words puts butterflies in my stomach.

There’s only one problem: I’m scared to death.

I have digital paralysis. Many of you will probably only see this project one time for lack of interest or lack of time or both. Some of you might enjoy it for months to come, some even years. The thing that scares me isn’t that you won’t visit, I’m ok with that, what scares me is that you WILL visit…and won’t like it.

Jen and I were talking about this the other day. The things we’re good at are often the things that scare us most.

As Marienne Williamson once wrote “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 and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. 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.”

This is not a plug for my own greatness but rather a plea from us to you — go, do that which you were created to do. We already thanked you for it in our about so why are you not doing it?

The collection of reader talent here at OMP we like to think is unparalleled. One guy writes a dad blog and this couple writes DIY articles and this guy fills in the voids we miss on the whole pre-engagement thing. This girl coaches an inner-cities girls softball team in New York and this friend writes about traveling the country and this girl well, she’s one of the best writers we know.

These people are doing it, they’re shipping, they’re “manifesting the glory of God within them.”

So please…stop reading this. Go light up the world. It’s what you were made to do.

If you missed it yesterday, Jen wrote a hilarious (and serious) post about how game nights have changed our lives.


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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

4 thoughts on “New Beginnings”

  1. Without risk there can be no success. I'm looking forward to a new year of setting goals, taking risks, and making dreams come true. I love this post and the idea of lighting up the world. Thanks for the encouragement, and good luck with your endeavors!

  2. Yesterday, after church (and a very compelling sermon of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), my husband and I went out for lunch. We've been talking a lot about our goals, our hopes, and about our fears. Our fears have so much to do with the quote from above. It's the mark of the enemy, I think. The enemy tells us we aren't enough and like the movie "Pretty Woman" says, it is so much easier to believe the negative.

    Good luck with your endeavor!

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