Voices and Echos

In a meeting I attended this morning, someone said that they recently heard a great quote "Be a voice not an echo." Interesting huh? I think there are many times where we are to follow and be the echo. We can't always be blazing the trail, and we most certainly don't know it all. But there are many times when we should be the voice, say what God is leading us to say, do what God is leading us to do, even when sometimes others think we're off our rocker. Because sometimes you have to believe that if you don't say what you feel you should say, no one else will. I have a hard time with this. I like listening to the wisdom of others. I like taking up quiet space in the corner of the room. I like being an echo. I can't always live like that though. I was given a voice for a reason, as were you.

I have been thinking about questions like:
In what ways is God calling me to use my voice?
What does God want me to stand up for?
Who does God want me to stand up for?
Who does God want me to stand with?
I am just one small voice and one person, but that should still mean something shouldn't it?

The word "voice" comes up an awful lot in the Bible. A lot of asking to hear God's voice, a lot of hearing God's voice, so on and so forth. A verse that stands out to me is Isaiah 24:14: "They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the LORD's majesty." Now, that's a good use of voice.

I suggest that you ask yourself what God wants you to use your voice for. Because we all have a voice, some of us just choose to be an echo most of the time. Or you may be that kind of person that I admire, you have no problem using your voice, loudly and often. Honestly I respect that. However, I would challenge you to ask youself to pray about when God wants you to be an echo more often. And those of you like me, who spend a solid average of your time in the echo category, I ask you to pray about how you should be using your voice more. This seems to me like a fluid concept; we all need a balance, it's best when it ebbs and flows.

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us each a voice and also the ability to be a strong echo. Help us to know when to speak up and when to echo the wisdom of another. May we be a blessing in this way. Amen.

Amanda Jensen

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1. Julie wrote:
Good reminders Amanda, thanks! Julie

Wed, March 24, 2010 @ 7:13 AM

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