Does anybody like The Voice as much as I do? From the very first show, I cry. I try to hide it. I alternate between rubbing my eyes so my family doesn’t notice and just watching alone and sobbing immodestly. The stories of the contestants, where they come from, the obstacles they’ve climbed and the excitement of meeting their destiny on stage move me.
I am inspired when coaches pick unlikely candidates and watch them thrive. I love how the coaches can see things in the struggling artists that aren’t always noticeable to others. I am amazed at how a contestant’s confidence soars with just a little encouragement from their professional coaches. I see how I am a lot like them. Born for greatness invisible to those around me. Soaring to new heights with every whispered encouragement to my heart from my Coach.
The life lessons uncovered touch me. A few of my favorites are:
1. When Blake gives Corey Kent White a not so country song to sing. Ceelo, as the guest advisor, steps in and says that it’s not the song or the boots that make Corey country; it’s what’s in his heart.
I remember it’s not what God asks me to do that defines me. It’s not even whether or not I look the part, it’s what, or rather, Who’s in my heart that defines me.
2. Last season a teen named Sawyer won. Before the results were announced, several finalists were asked how they felt about the possibility of winning/losing. Other contestants said something generous and gracious about how the opportunity had been amazing and there were no losers blah, blah, blah. Then Sawyer spoke. He said no matter what happened he would win. That even if he was sent home, he would always have music. He would always win because no one could ever take music from him. It was this pure love of music that drew his fans to him.
What this means for me is no matter what happens, whether my books never sell or my blogs go unread, I win. I always have Jesus.
3. Sometimes when contestants don’t get a chair to turn, the judges tell them to keep working and come back. This season, Ivonne tried again landing a spot on Blake’s team. Ivonne is a shy teen who lives on a cantaloupe farm. But when she sings, the shy girl goes away and a confident young woman takes her place. Yvonne has a sweet, lovable spirit and you can’t help but like her. As she rehearsed, Blake told her she had an amazing voice but that her real super power was her kindness.
I understand no matter how many great things I do, it’s my character that makes the difference; it’s the person I am that gives credibility to my actions.
I love to see the strength, talent and success emerge in the contestants who fully take advantage of having a professional for a helper and personal coach so accessible. And I wonder, do I take advantage of the accessibility of my Coach every single day? Do you?
“…He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— the Spirit of Truth, you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
On Wednesday, Michelle Lazurek talks about how easy it is to fall prey to gossip in the church (sometimes disguised as a prayer request!). She gives us some great guidelines to determine when and if we should speak.
On Friday, Paula Jauch shares her story of being totally wrecked, laying on her closet floor, and just asking Jesus to prove that He was real. Find out just how He showed up and how powerful that question proved to be in her life.
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SDG Gathering is on a break (but we’ll still be writing)!
Can you believe that we’ve been linking up for 243 weeks between this space and Finding Heaven? That’s 4.67 years. CRAZINESS! It’s been a joy, y’all. So many friendships and connections. So much encouragement and truth offered over the years. God has been faithful to this community.
However, since Lisa and I have added SDG Retreat planning and I’m also running the fundraiser, something needs to fall off the plate. Though we love you and love visiting you, we are going to suspend the link-up until after the SDG Retreat.
We will still be writing on Mondays and hosting #SDGConnections on Wednesdays and Fridays, so please come and talk with us in the comments. We will continue to respond there (we really want to continue to be a community and it is so helpful when you respond to us after our posts – we love to hear your voices!), send out weekly prayer requests, and converse on Facebook.