What voices will you believe?

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“My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand.”
-John 10:27

Over the years, I have made a serious effort to breath, rest when needed, and not allow the busyness of life to overwhelm me. However, every once in a while, like the human I am, I find myself completely engulfed in the chaos. This season of life in particular has been filled with many things to do, and as I strive to be anxious for nothing, I fall short more often than I’d like to admit.

Tonight, for instance, my heart and mind were already in a vulnerable state, drained from a very busy work day. In this kind of exhaustion, my soul was craving peace and truth. But what did I do? Scroll through Instagram. Now, social media is a huge part of my job, and I love the positive tool it can be. However, there is no substitute for the word of God. I fed myself junk food when I needed to be nourished.

The funny thing is, no matter where I turn, there’s always another voice telling me something else I should be doing. In our culture, staying busy often provides a false productivity that validates and fills a space where something greater, something eternal, should be residing. This media filled generation is full of countless opinions and endless noise. Have you ever noticed that when you fall short, find yourself out of breath, and at the end of your rope, most of the voices in the world aren’t there to offer grace, hope, or love?

You’re not good enough…
You’re not doing enough…
You are not enough.

I don’t know what lies and insecurities have been infiltrating their way into your life, but we must combat them with the only weapon that works. Recently, I read an article by Beth Moore where she stated:

“We’re going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us.”

If we aren’t filling our souls with truth, they will become filled by something else. Beth Moore goes on to say,

“God will put you in a position to wrestle with your identity and choose whom you believe: Him or you.”

This world will always try like crazy to define who we are. For too many years, I allowed various people, job titles, or opinions to cultivate my identity. It wasn’t until I focused on who God designed me to be that I found true freedom.

His sheep recognize his voice. Choosing to believe God, for me, is a daily decision. It wasn’t a prayer I made once to save my soul. It is an every day choice to save my life…who I am right now, today, in this moment.

Choosing to recognize God’s voice requires daily, intentional effort on my behalf. It means that I have to seek his face through the fog of lies and words that have been spoken about who I am, beyond billboards, commercials, magazines, Instagram, or Facebook posts. In a generation of constant access to millions of voices, I have to seek the one truth that won’t just be staring me in the face through something pretty and shiny on Pinterest.

Choosing to hear truth will require sacrifice. Perhaps there are unhealthy relationships in your life with friends or family that are in need of better boundaries. Maybe you need to limit your time on social media if it is slowly infecting you with lies and insecurity.

The kind of women we become is our responsibility, and it will happen based on the voices we listen to and what we let define us.

Who will you choose? What identity will you decide on? What voices will you listen to?

{Photo credit: Jessica Lauren photography}

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