The Voice

by Bo Bryson | No Comments

urawesomeNo, I am not talking about the show although I do like it when I get a chance to watch it. Ya know what I like – the judges can not see the person, can not judge them by the way they look – too big, too small, too fat, too skinny, too young, too old, etc…they-only hear their voice and from that and that alone – they can choose to turn their chair or not. They listen to the voice! My question for us: What voice are we listening to?
You and I, each and every day may have to listen to hundreds of voices telling us what to think/say or how we should act & look. The question, are the voices we are listening to truthful and beneficial to our lives or are they hurtful and a hinderance to our lives. What voice do you hear the most? The voices of the world telling us to seek power, success, beauty, comfort and releveance at any cost. Or the voice that spoke over you from before the beginning of time and declared (and still declares): “You are relevant. You are powerful. You are beautiful. You are successful. You are loved!” Henri Nouwen says it best, “Long before your mother and father, your brothers and sisters, your teachers, your church or any people touched you in a loving as well as in a wounding way – long before you were rejected by some person or praised by somebody else – that voice has been there alway, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” That love is there before you were born and will be there long after you die.” That voice (the voice) that erupts from eternity – the voice that spoke creation into being – that voice whispers your name with a smile on His face & a delight in His heart. When you speak, He, with all the excitement from all time – hits his buzzer and spins His chair around to look at the one whose voice moved His heart. And He sees you. You. Then in a voice that is steady and sure and awe-struck, He simply says, “Wow!”
Yes, as we recognize the power of God’s loving voice over our lives, it changes everything. But how do we hear that voice. More often that not, that voice – that love – is shared & experienced through how we speak to others. What voice – negative or positive, beneficial or hurtful, loving or unkind – do we give to those around us. Let me illustrate my point with a story that is not 100% accurate but based on true events. “One day, as a small child, Thomas Edison came home from school and gave a paper to his mother. He said to her “Mom, my teacher gave this paper to me and told me only you are to read it. What does it say? Her eyes welled with tears as she read the letter out loud to her child… “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have good enough teachers to train him. Please teach him yourself.” Many years after Edison’s mother had died, he became one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he was going through a closet and he found the folded letter that his old teacher wrote his Mother that day. He opened it… The message written on the letter was “Your son is mentally deficient. We cannot let him attend our school anymore. He is expelled.” Edison became emotional reading it and then wrote in his diary: “Thomas A. Edison was a mentally deficient child whose mother turned him into the genius of the Century.” Can we look (and listen) past the voices of the world that discourage, disqualify and degrade and like Edison’s mom, speak dignity, hope and love. Remember, your voice with just one positive word of encouragement can help change anyone’s destiny.
Each day, listen for the voice that speaks love (true, everlasting love) and when you hear it, turn your chair to receive what He speaks. But remember, just as HIs voice moves your heart; your voice moves His. It is mutual. It is true. it is powerful. And as you learn to hear the voice, let the grace, hope and love you receive be passed on to others. “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Eph. 4:29)

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