You Don’t Have to Be Loud

When I read this devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth, I almost did a happy dance – finally some encouragement for those of us who don’t say much. And all of the fellow introverts out there said “Amen”!

“You’re so quiet.”

I’ve heard that phrase as long as I can remember. In school from teachers. At get-togethers with friends. Even from my own family at times. It’s not spoken as a compliment. At best, it’s a concern.

And I’ll confess at times it has made me wonder, “Should I force myself to be louder?” But I’m not quiet because I’m holding back. I’m quiet because that’s the way God made me.

lion 5The other day on a run I was listening to a song with the lyrics, “I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar louder, louder than a lion.” And I had this thought: I don’t have to be loud to roar because I have a Lion living inside of me {Rev. 5:5}. When I speak on His behalf, even if it’s softly, He roars…and the enemy trembles.

We don’t have to shout to make ourselves heard.

We don’t have to raise our voices to get attention.

We don’t have to dominate conversations to add value.

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. {1 Kings 19:11-12}
If God has given you a big, loud voice then appreciate it and use it with care. And if He has given you a quiet, small one know it can be just as powerful. It’s not about how we’re speaking but instead Who is speaking through us.

So let’s bravely be who God made us to be because that’s when He roars the loudest.

Even if we’re quiet.

(c) 2015 Holley Gerth Used with Permission


One thought on “You Don’t Have to Be Loud

  1. I do believe this and I do try to honor it now that I understand introverts and extroverts more clearly. I do want to say that we, extroverts sometimes worry that we are dominating the conversation and not allowing others to have input. And then there are introverts who process verbally—often repeating themselves in a conversation as they process out loud. Others are socially skilled, but not energized by the way of life of an extrovert.

    All this to say, I guess the key is for the quiet folks to appreciate the ways of the talkers and the energizers appreciate the peace of those who calm. We are all so unique and truly fearfully and wonderfully made! PRS


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