The end of the movie, The Quiet Place, contains a heartbreaking scene. (If you haven’t seen it yet, be forewarned: spoilers follow!) A father sacrifices his life to save his children. In this fictional world where silence means safety, this dad chooses to use his voice at the ultimate cost to himself. By yelling loudly, he draws the attracted-to-sound monster’s attention away from his children and toward himself. His life ends quickly while his children flee to safety. This emotional scene demonstrates the power of voice.
We have a voice. When we speak, people listen. We’ve been given instruments of influence. Some of us have more influence than others, but we all can leverage our spheres of influence for his kingdom.
We use our voices in many ways. We use them to share the gospel. We use them to shape people’s understanding of issues we’re passionate about. With our voices, we champion causes. We comfort the suffering. We encourage, respond, embolden, warn, inspire and teach. We point people to Christ.
We use our voices with intentionality and wisdom, not just to add to the noise. Not only do we want to add value to the conversation, we want to start new conversations. We want people to know and worship the almighty God. We use our voices to this end.