My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27 ESV)
If the Lord has ever given you a dream, you’ve probably dealt with naysayers as you’ve worked toward that dream. As many people as might cheer you on, just as many might criticize you either in envy or oblivious to the negative effects of their comments. The bigger the dream, the louder the criticism will seem.
When I stop, listen, and linger on the criticisms of my detractors, I find myself distracted, stalled, and drowning in waves of doubt. Yet when I listen for and hear God’s whispering voice, I am better able to continue toward my calling, with focus and in confidence.
Lately, hearing what I need has been a challenge. I’ve experienced many voices attempting to muffle the one true voice I am called to follow: Jesus’ voice. I have found my mind and heart adrift in rougher waters. I’ve experienced heavy doubt that there’s a viable way to continue toward my calling.
Sometimes it takes other people sharing their experiences to help us hear God’s voice, to pull us from the undercurrent. A trusted friend’s voice in unison with Christ’s raises the volume from a quiet whisper to a more audible reminder of what we know is true.
This happened to me recently as I struggled not only with criticism, but also with writing and navigating what subjects or stories I should or shouldn’t write. I felt overwhelmed by the many voices muffling Christ’s loving, encouraging, and faithful one.
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