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You Say

Last week Lauren Daigle released the lead single from her new album. It’s called ‘You Say‘ and it has had me covered in goosebumps every time I hear it.

Last year, during a moment of intense honesty with friends from my small group, I revealed that I was ashamed of waiting so long to be baptized. I was afraid of the judgement I might receive from people in the world for not acting on my salvation as soon as it happened.

When I revealed this, someone in the group looked me straight in the eyes and said, “If God wouldn’t say that to you, why would you say it to yourself?”

I was overwhelmed in that moment. God’s truth hit me like a ton of bricks. God would never tell me to be fearful. He would never tell me to seek the world’s approval above his.

That day sticks out in my mind whenever I feel disapproval from the world’s standards. I’m reminded that I’m living for an audience of One, and if I face tribulation in the world because of it, then I am standing firm for God’s kingdom.

If God wouldn’t say it to you, don’t say it to yourself.

Sitting at a stoplight crying to worship music, I look over to see the driver in the car next to me laughing. My heart races and I feel embarrassed: Stop, you’re being weird. 

If God wouldn’t say it to you, don’t say it to yourself.

Facing judgement for choices I make based on God’s word, which is the greatest comfort and truth I know: That’s not cool. People won’t like you.

If God wouldn’t say it to you, don’t say it to yourself. 

Late at night, feeling the restlessness that can overcome me in an instant: You should be ashamed. Nothing you do is good enough.

If God wouldn’t say it to you, don’t say it to yourself. 

It’s the combination of this mantra and Lauren’s song that have wrecked me the past week. God does not put shameful and fearful thoughts in our minds; he’s the one who lifts us out of them. How comforting is it to know someone is always helping us look up, always pointing us in the direction of grace and truth?

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say I am Yours

We are his. Listen to him.

By laurenstockam

Lauren is graduate student at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

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