As many of you know, I’m writing a book. It’s not for the faint of heart. It takes great discipline and courage, and if you solicit professional input, it takes humility to consider the feedback.
My editor/writing coach has been kindly honest. “What is your unique voice?” “This part doesn’t ring true compared to others.” “What do you mean here?” “You need to dig deeper here.”
As I’ve pondered her questions and directives over these two drafts, a realization has surfaced.
For many years, there were too many voices in my head. And by voices, I mean outside voices. The voice of authority, a Pastor’s voice, people I respect, my friends, my husband, and my kids.
What I’ve chosen to believe and act upon was often informed by those voices. When I heard God, I’d often weigh it against what others had to say, too. They had input. I thought it was the right thing to do. After all, shouldn’t they be considered? In some cases, aren’t they the professional?
But writing my book has challenged me to find my voice–what uniquely makes me, me, and what God is planting in my heart’s soil.
My editor’s questions have caused me to dig deep and figure out what I believe vs. what I think I should believe.
It’s an important distinction.
Realizing who we listen to is a critical step in developing our personal thoughts and beliefs. On certain issues, I know I’ve taken the safe route, parroted others, and it was okay for that season.
But the season is changing.
So I’ve been sitting with God and finding my voice. A seed has been planted, and the fruit will most likely look different than past years, but a sureness is forming — a rightness in my soul.
I don’t know what my days ahead will look like, but I know who will inform them.
In light of that, I feel compelled to ask you the same kind of question, what voice is dictating your life?
When you make a decision, whose thoughts determine your actions? Have you allowed God to plant something unique in you?
The answers to those questions can bring needed clarity and purpose, and (I suspect) a new fullness and freedom I’m just beginning to experience.
I’d love to hear your experience. Are there times you know you let others dictate your life (and beliefs) more than they should?
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