Were you told when you were young, “You know, you should sing more often…you have a good voice”?
I didn’t say “great voice,” I just said “good.” But I used it anyway because I enjoyed singing, writing, engaging and uplifting. Then I stopped. No need to explain the Pause button; just highlighting the relief that comes from having the rediscovered freedom to express.
Along the way many of us are discouraged from using our voices because we don’t sound like someone else, or another who influences us decides they don’t like the sound of what we have to say; they don’t agree with the effect we have on THEM. So we hesitate and tell ourselves we are satisfied with our supportive role and allow someone else to do the talking for us.
Rediscovering my voice and finding a way to use it has a lot to do with observing my children. They need for us to tell them it’s right for them to use their voices. Say what you feel, share what you believe…see your voice as a valuable resource. It is there to be used, and it is there not to tear down but to build up. Use it because you enjoy being vocal and because you want others to enjoy and appreciate along with you.
Use your Good Voice because someone fought for your right to use it.
Above all, make good use of what God gave you, including the freedom we have to speak up. If you haven’t realized how precious this freedom is, just observe someone who has lived in an oppressive country where the right to speak is limited to agreeing with a dictator or religious extremes, or to another who has been held silent by domestic violence.
When you find your Good Voice again, use it for Change. Use it for Good.