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.
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.