It took me a long time to understand that my voice mattered. For many years, I was always taught that there were hierarchies. In life, in families, and in organizations. While that is true, there is a common misconception there.
Yes, we need leaders. We need people to organize and run organizations. And we need to respect those leaders. But unlike how it was often portrayed to me, they can’t do it all on their own. They need every person contributing with ideas and alternatives, and real world suggestions.
This concept has really been resonating with me over the last few years. I have a voice. And what I have to say matters. It took me a long time to understand this.
When I first started blogging, I’ll admit it was mostly for me. To find my writing voice again. To put thoughts into words. Maybe even to help myself believe my voice mattered.
Then something happened. The more times I hit “publish”, the more I realized God might be wanting to use my story. He might be wanting to use the gift of encouragement He gave me to help others. I started finding my voice. I started truly understanding that my voice matters.
It matters to God.
And it matters to others.
So, how do you start? How do you truly believe that your voice matters?
1. Talk to God – spend time with Him. Ask for His help. Ask Him to truly help you understand that your voice is important.
2. Start – start writing. Starting hitting “publish”. Start something!
3. Ask for feedback from people you trust. Not the whole world. Start with your inner circle. The ones who believe in you and have your best interests at heart.
4. Participate in community – Find people who are doing what you’re doing. Find other writers. Follow their blogs. Comment on their blogs. Start following them on Twitter. Serve them. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn from others.
5. Have fun! Spend time dreaming. Spend time gathering ideas. Have fun! Sometimes the best ideas come when you aren’t trying so hard to think of them.
Your voice matters.
QUESTION: How has God used your voice to help someone? Do you believe your voice matters?
* Image credit: Joe Cavazos (Creation Swap)