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Comfortable In My Own Skin: How I Embraced My Voice In A World of Conformity

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We live in a society of conforming non-conformists. Hipsters are trying to look individual while looking like every other hipster. Churches are taking the same approach to growth, rather than creating something unique and appropriate to the environment surrounding them. Artists are constantly challenged with the choice of going with the flow of popular art, or venturing out into the unknown.

When I first began writing, it was easy to mimic the language and style of my favorite authors such as Brennan Manning, Erwin McManus, Ravi Zacharias, Donald Miller, C.S. Lewis, and Rob Bell (who I have gradually found myself standing in disagreement. So unfortunate). In other words, my language was a mix of pop culture, apologetic diction, and old English. This was not Andrew Voigt; this was someone else entirely.

Last year I said “screw it” and began sharing my heart in an honest language – one that is within my own voice, not the voice of others. (With that said, I would gladly trade my writing for J.K. Rowling and her success…I’m poor, she’s rich. She created one of the most amazing fantasy stories on the planet. But us trading places is just a mere fantasy in itself…)

You have been given a unique heart, a once-in-history soul, and dreams that can only be dreamed within your spirit. The question isn’t if you’re different; that is already decided: you are different. The question you should ask is if you will engage your unique language to communicate with your world.

“For most who live and breathe 

Hell is never knowing who they are now

Tell me who you are now”

Anberlin, “A Whisper & A Clamor”

It is incredibly painful trying to be someone else…It’s absolutely impossible to find satisfaction pursuing a dream that was never placed on YOUR heart. We live in our own hell of comparison and desperation to be accepted, rather than to be true to the voice God has given us.

We were created with purpose, imagination, and a unique voice to share hope, to worship God, to give love, and to create a better future.

The Industrial Revolution, the embrace of the belief that humanity is a mere species of animal with no soul, and the dismissal of God’s fingerprints on the human soul has destroyed our true individuality, pushing us towards conformity.

You were created with a unique fingerprint – one that God designed with purpose and intentionality for use in eternity.

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.” – C. S. Lewis

You aren’t just a mortal; you’re an immortal with unique design, unique dreams, and an intentional future. It doesn’t mean a thing just because others tell you that you’re worthless, that you’re not talented, that you’ll never amount to anything, or that you’re a loser. God says otherwise. That’s enough.

What’s your unique voice that you’ve been hiding?

What talents has God given you that burn within your heart?

When you examine yourself, what impact do you want to make on your world?