They say everyone has a voice. Everyone has a different way of thinking… a vision… a story. In this post, I will share how I found my “voice” and how I want to impact others with it.
Up until a few years ago, I was pretty shy. I never had much to say during a regular conversation, kept to myself when in a social setting, and was terrified of ordering my own food at a restaurant. Over the past few years two major components have helped me find my voice not only in a writing standpoint, but in confidence in front of others as well.
The first is public speaking. When I first started public speaking, I wasn’t as loud or capturing as the other speakers were. I did the work I was required to do and not much more at first. But when I really started to dive into my speeches and went to some tournaments (which were wayyyy out of my comfort zone) I really felt like I had come out of my shell and truly wanted to share my thoughts and feelings. But there is more to that than just wanting to, I had to initiate and work hard to expand my knowledge of the Word of God and the world around me, which leads to my second component.
This blog has helped me in so many ways to not only build a voice in my writing, but to come closer in my relationship with Jesus. Sharing my thoughts, feelings, and personal stories has helped me so much in becoming more confident in both my faith and in sharing the Good News.
Finding your voice can be hard, especially if you don’t know how. I encourage you, if you are trying to find a voice, to share something that is close to your heart either through writing or to a close friend. Then once you get more confident, start sharing it with others and develop your own unique thoughts and worldview.
I like to end with a verse that I really do think goes with this post and that I love very much
“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for all belivers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, in your faith, and in your purity.”
-1 Timothy 4:12