Defining YOUR own Voice
There are times when reading various blogs and streaming through various social media time lines that I truly admire the person as a person and the content they put forth. Then, a couple of people I follow, that while I don’t care for their personality, they hold an “it” factor that continues to draw me to their content because there are nuggets of information they share that’s worth implementing. In either situation, the fact remains that person has discovered their own voice and is not afraid to use it.
Discovering your own voice can seem daunting at times in a sea full of opinions and in a world that is drawn to the external first. I believe often times people are caught up in the “fascination” of a particular person because of their outer adornments. Or, because how the way that person portrays themselves through social media one may wish for themselves. Yes, there are many bloggers, writers, commentators and contributors that have really placed a mark in social media society for the better. However, there are some they may just draw on the insecurities of their followers to continue to gain “popularity” or what we know now as ‘Subscribers’ and ‘Followers’, with no true substance.
Whether you have a blog, website, business or not, it’s essential to discover your own unique voice. Not in a way that discounts others feelings or dismiss thoughts and ideas of others because they do not agree with yours. If our goal is for us to be more Christ-like, there’s nothing more disturbing when a Christian comes across as if everything they say is FACT. In addition, as Christians, we can’t use our personal opinions and experiences to distort the word of God to suit our fancy or try to convince someone to do what we do and how we do it. God’s word is black and white, there is no gray. That’s why it’s so essential for all of us to study the word of God on our own and spend time in prayer. The more we spend time with God the more he will make our voice clear to us and we will not get influenced by what others think we should say and how to say it.
I believe everyone has a unique voice. For me, I have found at times challenged to release my unique voice to the world. However, a great friend told me recently in a small bible study group I’m a part of, “Your story is your story, how much of it you tell is determined on what God tells you and no one can rush that story and you should not feel rushed." That hit home for me and I appreciated her insight. If I have not learned anything in my walk with God, it’s “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (KJV Isaiah 58: 8-9). So God’s timing in how I share my voice and when/what I share is what’s important. As long as I recognize in this process, I’m not using God as a “crutch” to stay in a comfortable zone; I feel fine with my progress to date. It will only get better from here and I’m excited about it.
Have you discovered your voice? How has sharing your voice affected your life and even the lives of those around you? Comment below and share.