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Blending Your Voice with His
By Joel Osteen - Jun 24, 2011
When I was in my early twenties, I played basketball with a team at a local gym. One day, a young man came over that we didn't know and started playing basketball with us. He was a loner. He wouldn't let you get to know him. He never talked. Even during the games, he would not interact. Most of the guys just ignored him because he was so unfriendly. But something deep inside told me to reach out to him and make sure that he felt welcome. I found out that his name was Beau. When he would come in to the gym, I would always go over and say, "Hey, Beau, great to see you today." He would never really respond and remained rather cold and stoic. All he would do was hit his chest twice and walk away. I didn't really know what that meant, but I hit my chest twice and walked away, too. This went on for a couple of years. I saw him four or five times a week and always said, "Hey, Beau, great to see you today." Eventually, I stopped playing ball at that gym and didn't see him for over 25 years.

About six or eight months ago, Beau walked into our church. When I saw him I thought, "Where do I know him from?" He looked so familiar, but I just couldn't place him. He came up afterwards and said, "My name is Beau. We used to play basketball together." That's the most I'd ever heard him speak! He went on to tell me that he was raised in the projects, and at fourteen years old, he started living on his own. Nobody wanted him. He felt no love, no acceptance. He said something that I will never forget. He said, "The main reason I would come to the gym, Joel, was to hear you say, 'Great to see you' because nobody had ever told me they were glad to see me."

See, Beau's heart was thirsty. Those simple words were life-giving water. As believers, we all have the power to bring healing. With your kind words, you can restore others. With a compliment, you can lift somebody up. When you take the time to say "Hey, great to see you," that could be the spark that pushes the person forward.

Friends, when God wants to speak to people, He speaks through people. We are His hands and feet, and we are His voice on this earth today. God uses our words to bring life and healing to others. When you reach out to someone, when you're kind and speak encouragement and tell them that their best days are up ahead, God's voice is blended with your voice. Your words become His words. The natural takes on a supernatural. That's why you can say something ordinary, something simple to the other person like "Great to see you today," and it's life changing. To you it's nothing, but when God takes your natural and puts His super with it, it can impact that person's destiny.

Today let your voice blend with God's voice. Speak words of hope and victory. Look for ways to build others up. Let God speak through you and be an agent of hope and life everywhere you go.
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