Guest Blogger – Jessica Fernandez, M.Ed

Jessica Fernandez loves the Lord her God and strives to be more like Him every day! She is an experienced educator who loves her family and loves going to the beach, traveling, and anything she can do to have fun with her family.

As a professional educator, her experience in education includes teaching as an online instructor, face to face adjunct instructor, trainer, and high school teacher. Her education includes a Bachelor of Business in Organizational Management, Master of Education in Instructional Technology, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

Jessica is devoting her time to use the talents God has entrusted to her to the development of Christian Education so that all can not only love the Word of God but live it!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate

“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.”    By Marianne Williamson

My favorite part of this quote states “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.”  What a powerful statement and how true. As God opens doors of opportunity in my life and gives me the strength to accomplish things I know I couldn’t do on my own, I find myself minimizing the success I’ve experienced so that my friends and family don’t feel bad about what they haven’t accomplished. I’ve lost friends and family because of these blessings. Why should I minimize the blessings upon my life because you are afraid to receive yours?

Did Jesus stop performing miracles to find acceptance from family and friends?

No….The Bible says “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” Matthew 4:23

Did Jesus deny who He was as to not make people feel bad about who they are not?

No…Jesus said” …. the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” John 10:38

Did Jesus stop being Jesus because the world rejected Him and crucified Him?

NO…. So why should you stop being a child of God?

As a matter of fact, we were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27, NIV) and He provides us with spiritual gifts so that we can continue His work. When we minimize our successes, the blessings we receive, and the way God uses our spiritual gifts, we are rejecting God!

Harsh???? Not really! It is our duty, as Christians, to show the world our testimony. Do not be afraid “to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous” but  know that if others feel insecure around you because of the greatness that dwells within you, continue to show them  how they can walk with Christ, in Christ.  I encourage you today to receive everything Christ has to offer so that every day we can be more like HIM!

Teach the world that they, too, can fearlessly be “brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous” because of Jesus.

By Jessica Fernandez, M.Ed