The Sounds of Our Own Voices

We all have our dislikes when it comes to sound. Fingernails on a chalkboard often fall into that category. So do high-pitched squeals. But there's one sound that I dislike most of all.

I do not like to listen to my own voice in a recording.

When I was in graduate school and enrolled in the oh-so-necessary "Introduction to Preaching" class, one of the first things we learned was how important it was to listen to recordings & watch video of our sermons. The philosophy was; you'll only become a better preacher if you really watch & listen to yourself. I was determined to disprove this idea. I'm still working on that disproof.

The truth is: I know that I'll only learn if I listen to myself. I know that I'll only improve communication skills by observing how I currently communicate. But it's still so hard to look at ourselves & listen to ourselves

In Psalm 139, the psalmist David prays, "Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my anxieties. See if there is any wicked way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting." The only way that we'll change is to see what needs changing. The only way to become better Christians is to take a good look & listen to ourselves, to search ourselves, to try ourselves. God doesn't expect us to be perfect, but God does expect us to go on towards God's perfection.

This week, we were thrilled to add audio to the church's website. The choir's anthem and the sermon will be updated weekly. It's a wonderful way for everyone to be a part of Grace no matter the distance, and we are grateful for this opportunity. As much as I dislike doing so, I will listen to myself to see what needs to change. Let us all take time to listen to ourselves and pray David's prayer. Who knows what we'll learn when we hear our own voices and see our hearts for what they really are?

grace to each of you,
Pastor Darian