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Have you ever felt so weak you truly believed you had nothing left to give to the world? Like there was no reason to continue enduring the pain and struggle of every day?
In the midst of my mental illness, I struggled with these feelings. Every time I share my recovery story with someone still struggling, I realize feelings were all those were.
Every time I write something that encourages even just one person to keep fighting I realize I have a purpose.
Whenever I know how to comfort someone in the midst of a mental health crisis, I realize I have something to give back to the world
Each time my mom or dad knows how to better help a student with mental illness because of our journey, and every time I can help a family better understand their loved one’s battle, I realize I have a voice.
My self-doubts were not and never will be facts. They are lies from the pit of hell. They are lies Satan uses to try to silence us. We all have a voice, and no one and nothing can ever take our voice away.
We are created for a purpose.
God gave each and every one of us a unique voice. No matter how weak, broken, and ill-equipped we feel, we are part of a greater plan.
We are not a part of God’s plan in spite of our struggles. He knew about our struggles before we were even born, and He weaved them into a beautiful plan for us and for His world.
Today, I challenge you to take a step back and look at your story.
First, write down all the lies Satan is telling you about your struggles. Is he telling you are powerless, unredeemable, or useless? Is he saying you have no story worth sharing and no voice worth using?
Then, cross those out and write the truth next to them. The truth is you have an incredibly powerful story to tell. You have a voice that can change the world. You serve an all-powerful God of grace who already has a plan to use you in incredible ways.
Finally, surround yourself with people and situations that encourage you to find your voice. Spend time with people who will not give up on you. Invest in relationships with people who inspire you because they embrace their identity in Christ. Surround yourself with people who encourage you to share your story and live your calling.
Read all the August’s articles here at Libero, which focus on finding your voice. Dig into the Word of God and write down all the verses you find that speak about God’s grace, redemption, power, and desire to use you. Read books about calling and finding God’s will. Join a church or organization that opens up opportunities to use your voice.
You are a valuable child of God, and He has given you a voice and a story to tell for a reason.
Paul sums up God’s desire to use our voice and our story in 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7 (NIV): “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
Go out today and use your voice! Share your stories of how God has used your voice in the comments below.
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