Listening to Other Voices
All of us have those voices in our head from our upbringing that are ever present. The voices include our parents, religious authorities, peers, coaches, teachers, etc., and they have formed a “committee” in our head that weighs in on everything we do.
What do we do when the committee is highly negative about our lives? When we miss an opportunity, we hear the committee say, “You’ll never be more than average.” When a relationship fails, we hear the committee say, “You’re not worthy enough to love.”
Part of the problem is that the committee may be the only voice we’re listening to. It may be time to fire the committee and bring new voices into our lives that help us see ourselves for who we really are. We need to allow the voice of God to speak through scripture and our community of faith to help us realize that we are unique and special—each one of us without exception.
In Psalm 8 it says, “what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor” (vv. 4-5). We all need to hear this. If our committee can’t affirm this in us, it’s time to fire the committee and listen to other voices!