“Cover bands don’t change the world.” - Todd Henry
The other day I heard a woman say, “I opened my mouth and my mom came out. I couldn’t believe it.” The truth is we have no idea how deeply different voices have penetrated into our thinking. Sometimes intentionally but often unintentionally we have surrendered our voices to others. Often the voices that come through us are those of authority figures, religious figures, parents, people who loved us, and even people who hurt us. It takes time and courage to search our hearts and histories and question the lenses we see through. Only after doing this deep work can we truly own our voices. Only then can we speak from the deep and sacred space of our true and authentic selves. Only when we can speak from that deep and sacred space can we change the world around us in a way that reflects the Divine.
1. What do you think it means to “own your voice?” What does that mean to you? What does it look like?
2. How do we even begin to do this work? How do we even begin to do the deep work of owning our voice?
3. Do you have examples in your life of people who have done this well? Are there people who have walked the complicated path of asking the questions that reshaped the way they live?
4. If we could own our worst without shame and our best without pride… what would our voices sound like?
5. What would it look like if you fully owned the fact that God wants to speak through you in the unique way you are made?