By loud voices, I mean those who are naysayers, those who are haters, those who put us down, those who lash out because they are hurting. The reason those voices may seem louder than all of the supportive voices that counter them, is because the human brain tends to look for what is wrong and wants to fix it. It takes intentional discipline to focus on supportive voices and let go of the loud ones that can easily capture our attention and drag us down.
Jeff and I are not perfect, but we hope that every article we write, every podcast we create, every video we share, all gets received with an open heart and mind. Not everything we say will be the right thing for everyone but we do hope that there's always some golden nugget that each person who listens can take from what we work so hard to share. I hope the same will happen at church, in your various occupations, within your hobbies, and wherever else you can receive goodness and light.
We all have divine potential in us. Let's not allow loud voices to deter us from that potential or get in the way of what we are meant to learn and grow from in this life. Remember that God is not in the whirlwind or the earthquake or the fire but he speaks with a "still small voice" (1st Kings 19:11-12). May we let go of all the loud voices in our lives and choose to be still so we can hear Him.