Who are you listening to? What voice are you listening to? That may sound like a strange question but think about it for a second. Are you listening to the voices around you? The ones that bring you down sometimes? The ones that most of the time tell you you’re not good enough or that you should not be doing the thing you want to be doing because blah blah blah? Are you listening to the voice inside your head that is most likely your biggest critic and discourages you because of the voices around you? It’s a vicious cycle hey?
This past Sunday Timo (our campus pastor) was talking about this very message. A message that really hit me and encouraged me to look deeper into myself and look at what voice I am listening to. His message was titled “Conquering the voices in and around you.”
In this post I would like to just touch on the notes I took on the message. I listened to it twice as I was serving and both times it really made me think and I took different things away from it. You really don’t need to be christian to read this or to directly relate it back to you. You don’t have to believe in God or any higher being and you can take this post and relate to it in many different ways which I will try and touch on! With that being said, let’s jump into it!
Fears and anxiety can stop you from stepping into what God has for you. Fears and anxiety can stop us from doing most of our favourite things and things that we are good at. I personally have turned down opportunities because I thought I wouldn’t be able to achieve it even though I am more than qualified to do it. There is always that little voice that likes to say, ” Really though? Are YOU really THAT good enough? You sure about that?” That is one of the worst voices that you can hear but guess what? You can silence those voices! There is so much that you can do. You can jump more into the word and the bible. There is tons of great reading plans and resources that can help you silence those voices. God’s word and His teaching always helps us and always reminds us that we are actually good enough, that we are loved and that our fears and anxiety from ourselves can be overcome. If you aren’t christian and don’t believe in reading the bible then get some books; read some blogs and work on yourself. Take the plunge into doing what you like and drown those voices out. Remind yourself that you are good enough and that you are capable of doing the thing that you want to do. This is not a problem that you can solve and then it does not come back. It’s something you have to keep working on everyday of your life and remind yourself on who YOU are and what YOU ARE capable of.
How do you deal with the voices around you? There are a lot of people who don’t want you to achieve. There are a lot of people who are just waiting for you to fail and there are a lot of people who will discourage you and will always tell you can’t do something for many reasons. In 1 Samuel 17:28-34 we read about David being discouraged by the people who tell him that he isn’t able to fight because he’s just a small kid and is not capable of much. I’m sorry but how crappy is that? People are so rude sometimes. So the question comes again when we think about who we are listening to? Are we listening to the negative voices around us and in us or are we going to listening to God and His voice and His plan for us?
Sometimes we listen to the negative voices around us and the voices in us, we get so discouraged that we take a step back but guess what? Taking a step back does not grow you. It hinders you. That isn’t an option in our adventure we call life. We need to take a step forward and grow! Taking a step back isn’t a bad thing, we all do it but remember to take another step forward!
I would love to you hear your thoughts on this. I would also like to remind you that I am always here to chat and listen. Reach out if needed! I reply with a lot of sarcasm and bad dad jokes 😉