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I Hear Voices, But I’m Not Schizophrenic

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community, Experience

I hear voices and no I’m not schizophrenic. Most of the time these voices say pretty mean things. They usually end up persuading me away from whatever I’ve set my mind up to do or a goal I’m trying to accomplish.

They say things like, “You’re not good enough to do this,” or “look at those guys over there, they have it figured out, you’ll never get to a place where you have it figured out.” One of my loudest and most powerful voices, is the one that says “You’re not loved or accepted.”

There is a simple tool I’ve learned and am constantly reminded to use over and over again to defeat these voices. Let me share it with you now:

I Am Not Alone!

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And neither are you.

The other day there was a new tool created to help in this fight to overcome the voices that apparently we all battle. Click on the image above and you’ll be magically transported there.

What a powerful experience to read through all the voices that you and I hear and listen to. Tears were brought to my eyes as I read them and clicked the “Me Too” button to the ones I recognized. Which brings me to a really awesome thing I’ve discovered in my life.

There is powerful healing found in community. [tweet that if you like]

This morning I was reading in Joshua 7 and was struck with something that just made me laugh out loud. Now this might come across as silly but that’s ok.

But the Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this?

Let me give some context.

Joshua was on his face crying out because they had just lost a battle. He was wrecked after having this awesome experience of crossing the Jordan river and then defeating the great city of Jericho, only to lose in what appeared to be a less significant battle to a much smaller, inferior enemy.

But I love God’s response here. He’s like “What are you doing? Get up, stop believing that the world is coming to an end, and that I’ve forgotten you or have left you out in the cold. Stop being ridiculous!”

The funny thing is, isn’t that the way we treat God, by listening to all these voices, making agreements with them?

Maybe, there is something in that for you and I today as we walk into our meetings, making plans for that next thing.

Question for you:

How has listening to these voices crippled you in your story? What are they stopping you from accomplishing?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Josh Collins

Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.
  • troy mc laughlin

    I’ve heard the same voices too Josh. Thanks for reminding us that God is on our side and we are not alone.

Posted on: April 12, 2013

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