I’m always told that “voice” is the most important part of a story.
To have a strong, catchy, resonant voice.
One that others will engage with and relate to.
That when a manuscript is rejected… it is normally due to lack of this voice.
You need a stronger voice.
A bolder voice.
A voice with more personality.
Less like the others.
How much we focus on getting this voice just right… and we should.
But today I hear “voice” and others come to mind.
How do I use my own voice? Am I aware of its influence in the tender lives around me?
Is it strong? bold? Need more personality?
No, the opposite is true. My voice must be controlled, loving, affectionate, purposeful. It must reach into the depths of little hearts and souls, beyond the behavior and circumstance. It must marry love and bear fruit in the words that pour through it.
How often it has been used to praise and affirm… then chastise and criticize.
And then I think of my dad’s voice.
A voice that has led me through every year of my life… with wisdom, discernment, guidance… yes, discipline when I needed it… but I needed it. A voice that always speaks through a filter of love.
His voice gets drowned in the static of life. His words get lost in the crowd of modern sense and popularity polls.
It is silenced by self.
The voice that loves me the most… is the one I sometimes quiet for the spectacle of others.
Which leave me empty, tired, and alone.
So I return to that first voice. The voice of my daddy… who so patiently waits for me while I take my side excursions.
Waits to speak again… all the truths of life, all the guidance I need for each moment, all comfort that can’t be found elsewhere.
And I want that voice to be my voice.
The words I repeat to be his words, his leadership to be my leadership… that my children and husband would be surrounded with a voice that filters through love.
That my voice would have one purpose… building up those around me.
The power of voice is strong.
In story. In life. In eternity.
Let’s use it with intention and thoughtfulness.
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 28: 2