Do you hear voices? I do. If we’re honest, we’ll admit we all hear voices—those conflicting inner voices inside our heads. They whisper or SHOUT. And, even have names. Sometimes they sound like your mom or dad repeating messages of Encouragement or Ridicule. Or maybe scripture you had to memorize speaks Wisdom. Conscience usually takes on a still small voice. Culture booms so loud in our minds making its messages impossible to ignore.
Some voices pound you down—Regret, Defeat, Shame, Self-Pity, Scorn, and Guilt. Others puff you up—Pride, Ego, Self. Or they can build character like Courage, Compassion, Grace, Sacrifice, and Forgiveness. And, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard the lilting songs of Joy, Peace, Hope, and Love.
Catch these uplifting lyrics on YouTube: Matthew West’s Hello, My Name Is and Grace Wins, Lauren Daigle’s You Say, Zach Williams’s Fear is a Liar, and Francesca Battistelli’s The Breakup Song.
Some voices scream horrendous thoughts that you’d never confess to another soul. Their messages can spawn deplorable feelings about yourself. Fear, Self-Pity, Shame, Guilt occasionally launch full-frontal assaults. Or perhaps you’re deluged with thoughts of Defeat, Despair, and Disgrace that send you deep into depression. Or your mind floods with the foul stench of Failure. “You’re a loser. You’ll never amount to anything.”
The father of lies wants to Deceive you, and you need to dispatch misguided voices ASAP. Silence their clamor so you can hear the sweet sentiments from the Spirit. Wouldn’t you prefer to cultivate and embrace Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, and Self-Control? You can do it!
Consider Dreams in the Distance an introduction to The Voices that pummel and inspire. View the thoughts of the characters from a new perspective, as they discover who they are and whom they serve—Our Father in heaven or the father of lies.
On this site we’ll learn more about the voices from people who know how to defeat or welcome them. You’ll have an opportunity to share your struggles and solutions.
It’s our choice, who will we listen to?
Join me. You never know whom you might meet.