My theme for the start of 2020 has been “Bust loose”, or put another more active way, “Bustin loose”.
Although I don’t often reference The Urban Dictionary, I will here. Bust loose means, ” to lose ones temper in a surprising & entertaining way, exhibiting courage & testiness that clearly proves one’s status as a non-sissy.” (I exchanged “sissy” for the less crass word they used.)
SO here’s my take-away: It’s time to get down right angry at the things that have bound us up and bust loose in an entertaining and surprising way. Prove to God and the world you are not a sissy, or whimp. It’s time to BUST LOOSE.
” Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.”
Your voice is important. No one else can speak with your voice.
Your voice is as distinguishing as your fingerprint and your DNA. Your voice is uniquely you. It is determined by the finely tuned working of your specifically designed lungs, larynx, vocal folds, and 19 other points between those folds and your lips. The custom shapes of all of those parts of your body make your voice uniquely – your voice. You are an engineering masterpiece.
“Voice” is defined as:
a sound produced…
a particular opinion or attitude
to express something in words
Your metaphorical voice is as unique as your physical voice. The way you express yourself, speak truth, is to be like no one else – unique. Your metaphorical voice is based on your experiences, your values, beliefs, and your perspective. Expressing your voice is vital. Expressing your voice is more important than being heard. Of course, we want to be heard, but finding your voice should not be dependent on someone to hear it.
Recent studies have shown that “the human voice is more powerful a tool for expressing emotion than previously assumed.” The Human Voice Can Communicate 24 Emotions (UC Berkeley), awe, adoration, interest, sympathy, and embarrassment to name a few.
An Israeli company, “VoiceSense”, in a recent article entitled, “Mining Secrets in Your Voice” declares,
“Give us someone’s voice, and we’ll tell you what they will do.”
There is evidence that there are personal insights contained in our own speech. Insights that reveal emotions and tendencies to act. Your voice is highly personal and hard to fake the emotions behind it.
So what’s the point here?
You were given your uniquely designed voice – physical and metaphorical. No one can use it. No one controls it. No one knows what personal insights your voice will reveal. It’s yours alone. Finding and using your voice is key to freedom, value, purpose, healing and happiness.
And best of all, The Creator designed your voice and gave it to you because He wants to hear it. He is listening for your voice.
There are times when you just know you gotta do this. You can’t let it pass, you can’t procrastinate, put it off, or ignore it.
This was one of those times for me and my husband. And it did not disappoint!
We heard fantastic preachers, songs, and leaders from all over the nation. We met others who were driven by the same desire to be a part of this. We were stirred, challenged, ignited and I trust forever changed. (on the inside)
I believe when “I gotta do this” opportunities are met with “nothing’s gonna stop me” determination, forever change is a forgone conclusion. Persistence pays off. Reward comes with risk. And there is no greater feeling of achievement, gratification, fulfillment, purpose, and contentment.
What is YOUR “I gotta do this”? Let this be the time you DO IT. The reward is amazing!
Sometimes the way we take what we hear is wrong. Our interpretation is off. Sometimes we are in need of rehearing it, through a different filter, with a different perspective.
Sometime ago a decision was made regarding me that was shocking. Life altering and affected every area of my life. I was told, “we’re letting you go”.
If you’ve ever heard those words, you know. It knocks the breath out of you. Especially with no previous indicators!
And if you haven’t, then you can imagine. (And give thanks.)
That statement played over and over for months in my head. My emotions were wrecked. I was stunned. Hurt. And so much more.
Until I heard those words through a different filter. Until I processed them differently. Until another perspective dawned on me.
It was time for me to go. My time there was up. There was another direction for me to go in. That place was releasing me into something else. I needed to go that new direction. (Whether I wanted to or not at the time.)
It was time to GO. I was being let go. Go, Debbie. Now is the time to go.
That perspective changed my life again and for so much good.
Words are powerful. So too, is our interpretation of them.
Be encouraged, that even when the most shocking words are hurled at you, our perception of them is key. Listen yes, but in time ask yourself and reevaluate “what was really said?”