Your Voice

This post is about your voice. And your seasons.
I am going through a season change… are you? Time to get more involved in some things, and less in others. Can you relate? Thinking through priorities and proportions. This is especially challenging because I am, at heart, an activist.

Everyday I pray that my children will learn to hear God’s voice… and learn to love that voice, to trust it, to navigate through life guided by it, much as the sailors of old relied on the stars in the heavens.

But another aspect of navigating that has taken me years to learn involves my voice. I have a voice. You have a voice. Each person has a voice. Is your voice effective?

I strongly believe that every human has a purpose and that God gives us a voice as the means by which we fulfill that purpose. By voice I mean that unique set of attributes that makes you, you!

We each need to look at all areas of current or future involvement – relationships and organizations in our spheres of influence – and ask a fundamental question: does my voice make a difference? Does anybody hear me? Do they want to hear me?

If I am committed, doing my part, and carefully listening to the voices of others – but making no impact and finding no reciprocity, then that is not a fruitful involvement. It may be time for change. There are likely needs or opportunities elsewhere, just waiting!

Or, it may be time to speak more loudly. But no one likes a shouting match. If you’re in a relationship and have had “the talk” multiple times, to be comforted by a “you’re right” and no change, time to move on (and I’m not speaking of a marriage here, by the way!). If you have a friendship with someone who has taken advantage of you repeatedly, and you’ve confronted and received an “I’m sorry” only to be misused again, time to move on. If you’re on a board or team and have expressed the same serious concerns multiple times, to be greeted by “yeah, great input” and no action, time to move on. Why force others to listen to you, when somewhere else there is a person praying precisely for what your voice can do for them? Keep the peace, spread the love… and move on.

I’m not talking about giving up when things get tough! If you are fighting a fierce battle for social justice, or to grow a business or fulfill a dream, you don’t get to “move on” – that is a whole other subject…

Bottom line today – your voice is valuable, and there is a definite place where it is needed and where there will be grace abounding for it to be heard. Relax in that knowledge. Listen, think, pray, speak, be thoughtful about your season changes. Then watch that last leaf fall and welcome the new season. And as you listen for God’s voice in the stillness, remember – He is listening for yours.

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5 thoughts on “Your Voice

  1. Hey Ernie, we miss you guys too! I follow your wife on twitter, you know! Lily, it was awesome to meet you. I love your blog!I’m linking it. And yeah, this whole seasons changing thing is challenging… but we gotta go with it! I struggle with it too,in terms of how others will respond – but life is too short; we gotta maximize our time here! Trust and obey, for there is no other way…

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  2. Hi Barby,Wow! I can so relate! When I read:”I am going through a season change… are you? Time to get more involved in some things, and less in others. Can you relate? Thinking through priorities and proportions. This is especially challenging because I am, at heart, an activist.”I was jumping up and down on my chair going: That’s how I feel!!!!I confess though, that I get sad, anxious and many times feel guilty in times like the one you describe.I sometimes have a hard time letting go and tell myself I should be able to do EVERYTHING…but you are so right, we have to welcome the new seasons, and rest in the knowledge and assurance that God will show us the way through the many season changes of life…just as he prepares us and shows us new paths and projects for today, he will also prepare others to continue in the steps of other seasons and other places that take a different priority in our life…peace, hope and love,LilyPS: It was an honor serving with you today and a pleasure meeting you finally :-)Lily Cuadra

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