This is not a post about the popular NBC singing competition. This is a post about the voice that guides us from time to time. The voice that tells lies we choose to believe. The voice that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough, pretty or handsome enough, thin enough, rich enough, talented enough. Even when everything points to the contrary, we fall victim to the voice and remain stunted in our growth. Not our physical growth, but our emotional and spiritual growth.
The voice is not our own, but the voice of the world. To the world, we are never enough. The world will take and take but never give. The yoke of the world is heavy and unyielding. However, Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:29-30: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
To try to live up to the world’s standards is a losing battle. So stop. Get to know who are, not what the world says you are. In Psalm 8:5, as David praises God he reminds us of man: “You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” This is how valuable we are in the sight of the Lord. The world may not offer its stamp of approval, but remember, the world did not make you. God did. And he crowned you with glory and honor! Wear it like a fine garment. Gird yourself with it like armor, so the next time the voice tells you that you are not enough – good enough to throw your hat in the ring for that promotion at work, talented enough to start your own business, smart enough to continue your education, pretty or handsome enough to be accepted, thin enough to be shine or young enough to live out your dreams – remember that is the world speaking to you. The devil is a liar and deceiver. Don’t be deceived any longer. Push his voice out of your head and hold firm to God’s word.
May God continue to bless you and keep you in his loving embrace.