Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Truth Can Be a Simple, But Beautiful Thing

 
Truth Can Be a Simple, But Beautiful Thing

“And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”
                                                                                                            John 8: 32

For years, words rang in my head; stuck in a groove like a needle in an old record.
I believed I was the last person on earth who could be a leader of any kind. Being second in a family of five, I always had my big sister to lead me. I knew my place. I naturally deferred to others. I didn’t really mind being led. But as I was invited and called into leadership in ministry, well...

First, I had to fight the lie that I wasn’t a leader
God had to pretty much put a neon sign in front of me before I stepped up to the plate. I had ideas about what we could do to grow the ministry…And I’d pass them onto others who were real leaders. I had vision and passion, but I believed God couldn’t possibly be calling me.

I thought, “No, No…I’m not a leader. That’s Her job or Her job. I’m a wimp. Too mealy-mouthed. Milquetoast. A doormat at times (Ouch! Yes, these were words others had used to describe me). God couldn’t possibly use me.”

Then I had to fight the lie that I was inadequate
Realizing I had a team that could train me and a God who was able to work through me, I said yes. But the lies continued. Sometimes, I carried them, like a monkey on my back…heavy, clingy, annoying.

One day I was heading out to do some leadership training…

I was a little late, feeling stressed, unworthy, a mess.
The record played loud and continuous in my head.
“Who do you think you are? Who are you to lead?”
“You are a mess. You’ve always been a mess…look at your rushing, rushing, rushing. You’ll never change.”
“You’re a poor example of a Christian...not godly enough to lead anyone.”

It was awful…these thoughts covered me like a shroud. Shame and judgment dwelt in me. I wanted to cancel the meeting; to return home where I belonged.

There was a song playing on the car radio. The words pierced my thoughts and broke through to my heart:
 
“But the voice of truth tells me a different story
And the voice of truth says ‘Do not be afraid!’
And the voice of truth says ‘This is for My glory’
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth…”

(You can click here to listen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwsvqVmFV6Y)

God was sending me His message of love and affirmation through this Casting Crowns’ song The Voice of Truth. It was a life changer!

While thoughts of unworthiness can still threaten. I’ve learned to drown them out with the Voice of Truth.

What is the song playing in your head? Is it laced with lies? Maybe it’s time to exchange the lies for Truth.

photo credit: northdevonfarmer via photopin cc

3 comments:

  1. Music is wonderful tool to battle the lies of the emery. When you can't or would confess scripture a song can get stuck in your head and breathe life.

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  2. I so relate! Even as a MIP leader I struggled withthis (struggle!) I love that song as well. Beautiful message. Thanks for visiting today and in rejoicing in Him with me!

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