Standing Up with Love

I have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a prophetic voice, the one who calls out into the dark to speak for those who have lost their voice or to speak to those who have lost their way.

There are so very many voices that are taking up the airwaves and internet waves (what would those really be called?). Often, it is hard to remember what we know to be true.  It is time-consuming and, at times, tiring to sift through the conflicting messages to determine who is the prophet sent by God and who merely speaking to hear their own voice. 

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Starting each day with Scripture can be an antidote to this confusion because pondering Scripture opens our hearts to recognize His voice more clearly and allows space for Him to direct our movements. Recently, I was reminded of some words from Jesus that have been rolling around in my mind:

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain...this I command you: love one another. (John 15:16-17)

When we are sifting through the words in our Facebook feeds, email inbox, and news sources-- remember that you were chosen to stand up with love. Who is that needs your voice? Who needs your prayers? Who needs your presence? Don't discount your ability to make a difference.