(This post is part of #RaRaLinkup hosted by @kellybalarie over at her place, www.purposefulfaith.com.)
Recently, my church hosted The VOICES of Mobile, a chorus of college students from Mobile, AL to perform a Christmas concert. I’d never heard them sing before, but I won’t miss another chance to hear them again.
Blew. Me. Away.
Dr. Roger Breland, director, introduced the group with a few powerful statements that spoke deeply to my heart. His love for these young people was evident in his choice of words, tone, & affectionate looks. He told us each member had an incredible testimony. They were more than just vocally talented; each one lived what they sang.
He told us he periodically asks this group of ladies and gentlemen: “Can you LIVE what you sing?”
Good question. It’s one we should all ask.
It’s one I ask myself each time I click “publish” on a post. Can I LIVE what I write?
God has given you a special, specific, unique, & individually tailored song to sing for Him, and your life is that song.
Our voices are ringing out a message for all the world to hear. The words we say, the ways we parent, the relationships we nurture, the contributions we make, our habits and choices are singing a song. Whether your audience is small or large, it makes no difference. The God of the Universe sang a song over us over two-thousand years ago when He sent His One and only Son to be born in a manger. God’s song made a way for us to receive eternal life through His Gift of Jesus Christ. Before any of us were created, He gave us the very best Gift of all. His Children are called to sing His Song to the world.
We have been given a song by The King.
When I first began writing, 10 months ago, I was so afraid. I knew God called me to begin telling my adoption reunion story, Eyes of a Stranger, out here on the open digital waves, but the fear that gripped me was strong. God knew I would obey Him regardless if I was about to puke or not. I struggled with every word because I was so fearful that I would mess up somehow and bring shame to His Name.
I wonder if you feel this way, too.
Many of you reading this post today are following God’s call on your life to do something specific.
I really want my voice to point to Him and to live what I sing, and I’m certain you do, too. Can I help you with something? Lean in and let this soak down deep.
Go on and DO it.
Stop waiting to really let go and follow His call. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Turns out, you really can’t figure it out anyway. Just move ahead. Little steps count! Charge forward and do this thing. He will work out the details.
As I open up my voice to the world and obey His call, He is setting me free with this simple, powerful truth.
This is HIS story.
It is because of my weakness that He will shine.
I bring Him my voice, which isn’t much, and He does what He chooses.
I’m not formally trained to be a writer, and I have no impressive credentials, and yet He calls me to write. I even started a Facebook page that names me as an author although my book hasn’t been published…yet. It’s CRAZY!
My Jesus, He calls me to do these crazy sounding things, and I am just crazy enough about Him to do what He asks. I trust Him to work out all the details. I’m taking what I have to offer the King. It’s not much of an offering in the eyes of the world, but laid at the feet of Jesus, it’s everything.
Why don’t you follow me to His feet and bring what you have? Don’t evaluate your offering. Fix your eyes on Him and just bring what you have, who you are, mistakes, failures, insecurities, hopes, prayers, dreams, and offer it all to the King. Lay it all down and let Him begin to sing over you.
This song, Take Me To The King, says it best.
Dr. Breland’s group, The Voices of Mobile, travels all around the globe including the White House, Paris, and little ole’ Valdosta, GA. Their obedience to follow God has taken their VOICES to places only God could orchestrate.
Dr. Breland said yesterday, “God uses insignificant people from insignificant places and opens up significant doors to do amazing things for Him.”
As we approach CHRISTmas day, the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, let’s take what we have to The King. Let go of anything blocking our path and just run to Jesus. Bow down in His Presence and lift the voices He gave us, and let our lives sing a song of praise to Him.
Only God knows the doors He has waiting to open for you as you begin to sing.
Merry Christmas, friends!