In tenth grade I took a class that would forever impact my future. At the time I had just come to the realization that a professional rapper was probably never going to work out and needless to say my future was a little up in the air. Thank God Mr Staneart taught a speech class that year. He taught all of us in that class what a good public speaker looked like, how to organize your thoughts, and what not to say while you were in front of an audience. My first speech in that class was about ten pages of notes that ended up lasting about 3 minutes of actual talk time, but after that very first speech I knew I was hooked. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it, but I knew that I wanted to speak in front of an audience for the rest of my life.
Then the very next year, my faith came alive and the intersection where my faith and my love for public speaking created a perfect marriage for me to do what I love doing today. The marriage of these two loves taught me an invaluable lesson. You must “use your voice for the benefit of others and the glory of God.” As the years have gone on in my life, I have learned that doing this is the best decision a Christ follower could ever make.
“Use your voice for the benefit of others and the glory of God”
While most people who follow Jesus would agree with that statement, they struggle living it out because they are either introverted, not confident in their faith, or just don’t how to use their voice to be a positive influence. Allow me to give you a few ways you can start using your voice for the benefit of others and for the glory of God.
Be the person you want other people to become.
Your first voice of influence you have is the life you live. Invite people to be a part of your life and just be yourself. Treat your spouse the way Jesus treats the church. Love your kids the way Jesus loves you. Handle conflict at work in an appropriate and respectful manner. If you are business owner, then you should see your business as a way to benefit others and glorify God. You need to be the person you want other people to become. The life you live gives credit to the messages you give.
Care for people the way you wish people cared for you.
When I tore my patellar tendon and was unable to walk for 3 month, Megan and I had some great friends who would drive me to doctor’s appointments, pick up our daughter from daycare, bring us dinner, and would always be there for me. They cared for me when I couldn’t do anything in return, and it made me appreciate them all the more. Send people text messages telling them you are praying for them. Help people move when nobody else will help them. Forgive people way more than they deserve. This level of compassion once again will give credit to the message you give.
Use your words!
Your life isn’t enough of a voice. Eventually you have to use your words for the benefit of others and the glory of God. This means you must share your faith with people. You should use your voice to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. You should use your voice to show kindness and compassion to people that culture says is your “enemy”. The greatest way you can make a difference in our world is by using your words.
Our society has enough voices of negativity. What if we decided that we would no longer continue the trend of negative voices, but rather we would be people who use their voice for the benefit of others and the glory of God?
Pastor Chris Weatherly
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