I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Find." Write for five minutes; unedited.
I heard the word prompt tonight and I immediately knew where I was going to go with this word. This post is dedicated to those who feel like they have lost their voice, thought they never had it or just simply can't find it at the moment.
As a writer, I think it is so easy for us to get caught up in the comparison game and to think we don't have anything important to say. But the truth is we all have something to say. We all have different gifts. We all have a story worth sharing. There is power in hearing those words "me too!" Yet fear has a way of creeping in--fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of---and giving us laryngitis.
Though God has a way of giving us our voice even when we think we have nothing worth sharing. I am reminded of how in Scripture we hear the words: "Ask and it will be given to you; Seek, and you shall find; Knock, and the door will be opened onto you." God has a way of giving our voices back to us especially when we ask for God to give us the words we need to speak.
Yet there are also going to be times when we think we cannot find our voice at all. It is especially during those times that I believe we will need to trust each other. We will have to give words to each other's stories as we speak for each other. The truth is that God sent Jesus to be a voice for the voiceless...to speak for the downtrodden, the lost, and the vulnerable. And in our own vulnerability, God calls us to give voice to each other's voicelessness.
"In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard."--John Grisham