Finding Your Voice
Anyone remember Middle School? If your experience was anything like mine, it was a little bit of awkward, exciting and horrible all mixed together. One minute your the King of the Valentine’s Dance, and the next your face breaks out to such a horrific level it turns you into the laughing stock of the school. Ok maybe that was just me. Anyway, one of the things I had to endure as a part of my Middle School journey was the unfortunate event that happens in all young men’s lives. The dreaded squeaky voice. You know what I’m talking about, when your voice has to take that long, hard journey from little boy to a crackly teenager and eventually reach the booming, strong voice of a young man. What’s beginning to surface now as I look at my current season is a similar journey taking place. It’s no longer me finding my physical voice from a little boy to a young man. Today, I’m finding my voice as a leader.
What do I mean by finding my voice? Well, for the first time in my professional career I find myself “underneath” my own vision. I no longer have the safety net of someone else’s vision and opinions to hide behind. I’ve begun the journey of discovering exactly what that looks like. Where I do stand? What are my passions and convictions? And ultimately, what is God calling me to say?
And so I must say the same to you. I know there is a voice inside of you. Words God has placed there that need to be said. We cannot be silent anymore. There are gifts that we’ve been given. It’s time to start using them. Time to pick them up, wipe the dust off, and just begin. One step at a time. It won’t be perfect immediately. I saw a post yesterday that I loved. It said, “Don’t compare your Chapter 1 with someones else’s chapter 20.” It’s going to get a little squeaky for a while. Embrace the change.
So, wherever this find you today, I want to encourage you. Just start using that voice. As you do, one day at a time you will start to grow stronger and stronger. You will start becoming more comfortable in your own skin. Your unique gifts and passions will slowly rise to the surface. I pray you will be who you are called to be, not who someone else wants you to be. You’ve been given one life, one voice. Use it well.