Find Your Voice!

Day 14 - Find Your Voice

Dear Younger Me,

One of the most important lessons you will learn as you go through life is to find your voice.

I know right now you don’t feel you have a voice. You wonder if you have anything to say. You feel that if you did speak up, no-one would listen. It’s easier to stay quiet.

But as I mentioned yesterday, you have faith and you have determination, and, in the end, those will prove stronger than your fear.

You’ve seen that already. Just a few months ago you made a stand about a situation in school. You saw someone being treated badly, and you hated the injustice, and that was what prompted you to speak and to act.

I know it led to trouble, but as I look back, with the wisdom of hindsight, all I want to say is that I’m proud of you. There is “a time to be quiet, and a time to speak,” (Ecclesiastes 3:7 NLT) and I think you chose well.

Staying quiet will always come more naturally to you, but as you get older you’ll learn when it’s time to speak.

Two things will motivate you – justice and compassion. There will be times when, despite the fact that you don’t want to speak, you will have to speak. You’ll come to relate to these words of Jeremiah:

“If I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!” (Jeremiah 20:9 NLT)

That’s what will finally motivate you to speak in public; that’s what will lead you to speak out about things that are difficult, but important. When God is calling you to do it, you won’t be able to hold it back.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT)

You have plenty to say. Just hold onto justice and compassion as your motivation and use your voice for good.  Let God guide you in when to speak and when to stay silent, and you’ll find that, when you do speak for him, people are more ready to listen than you think.



Dear Younger Me...

This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019.
Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided.  Today the prompt is “voice.”
  You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here.

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20 thoughts on “Find Your Voice!

  1. Lesley,
    As I’ve gotten older (and somewhat wiser), I have realized that there are times when I simply can’t stay silent. One of those times is speaking out for those who can’t speak for themselves. Jesus was a mouthpiece for the downtrodden…I know I need to imitate His example. Great call to action!
    Bev xx

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  2. Someday you have to find your voice
    and stand by what you’ve learned.
    It won’t always be easy choice,
    and grace will come unearned.
    The world needs that which you say,
    and your informing heart
    to find a path past this day
    when we are torn apart.
    I now that courage can be scarce,
    and wisdom is in doubt,
    but say it all, don’t put on airs,
    and do not scream and shout.
    Your measured thought will be the guide
    that helps us find the other side.

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  3. Beautiful words, Lesley! I’ve written letters like this to myself from time to time. It’s always very inspiring and eye-opening to pull out what is most essential in my life and encourage myself to keep pursuing it! Thanks for sharing and reminding me of this great task!

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  4. This is such a great reminder to hold onto justice and compassion and to use our voices for good, Lesley. It strikes a chord in my heart as I often have kept silent in my life when I knew I should speak up. When I figured my voice doesn’t count anyway. But as I look back over the years, I can see how step by step God is helping me to speak up more. To just be who He has created me to be instead of keeping on my mask. And it’s so important what you write about letting God guide us on when to speak and when to stay silent. I have learned there are times when God wants me to pray more and say less. Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks, Trudy! There have definitely been times when I have stayed silent when I should have spoken too! I’m glad you have learned to speak up more. You have lots of valuable things to say. But yes, sometimes praying is the best thing we can do.

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    1. I think sometimes when people who are normally quiet speak up it has a bigger impact because it is unexpected and people realise we must feel strongly about it!


  5. What a beautiful letter to your younger self! It’s not easy to look back at our narratives and mine them for wisdom and lessons learned rather than only focusing on what we felt was negative at the time.

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