"Am I willing to risk all that I have for this message? Would I be willing to stand alone for this message? Or, would I even be willing to lose my life for it?"
*The photograph above is of the late Fred Hampton.
I woke up this morning, in a deep pondering about what exactly this blog’s purpose should be. This thought led to prayer, and this prayer led to this.
Consider for a moment the power of the voice. The ability for your mind and mouth to work in agreement to express the core and essence of your soul. The voice when manifested has the power to compel, convert, convict, condemn, and even contradict. There are few weapons in the natural arsenal of humanity, that have even a semblance of the power, that’s found undeniably in the voice.
Individuals like the late Fred Hampton, Congressman John Lewis, Apostle Paul, Malala Yousafzai, and the late Harry & Harriette Moore are all proof of this power.
People who attained a clear calling; a mission God ordained on their life and lips. An existence, loaded with peril, all with the goal and intent of sharing a challenging message, to a seemingly “challenge-challenged” world.
These individuals were ambassadors for the lesser, the others. Those who serve as proof that inequality is just as real in the world, as the dream for equality was (and is) in their minds. Knowing these things to be true, they spoke and as a result – one was raided and assassinated, one was frequently arrested, one was executed, one survived a head-shot in an assassination attempt, and one became noted as the first married martyr of the early civil rights movement.
The challenging question that one must ask about this cadre of compassion, is simple: what was their crime? What did they do or employ that would warrant such a demise? Were they murders? Rapist? Thieves? Or arsonist?
No. These all died or near-died because they were unapologetically expressive of their heart’s convictions, via their God-given voice.
Thankfully, in the aftermath of these, the ball of their calling has been undoubtedly advanced down the playing field. In this year of 2018, the goals that they fought for are still alive, active, and in forward progress.
For if only their aggressors would have known, you can take their lives; however, you will never take their words.
Solomon says in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”(ESV). Meanwhile, James adds in James 1:26, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.”(ESV)
The combination of the thoughts of Solomon and James, prove the importance and still, grave instability of the tongue.
The development of the voice can therefore be a gift and also a curse. Consequently, the cultivator of his/her voice must take time, become prayerful, and thoughtful about the birth of their powerful expression.
As a person, who shares in the awareness of such power, I’d like to share 5 thoughts about the healthy development of your very powerful voice:
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Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.