I have recently become acutely aware that my voice has a nasally quality to it. It sort of sounds like I am a lead singer in a bluegrass group only without the music and the talent and the Wrangler jeans (they don’t fit me very well).
This is not at all how I want to sound.
I would prefer to have a distinctive voice; a memorable voice. Here are a few folks who I wouldn’t mind sounding like.
1. Adrian Rogers. There should be a “How to Sound Like a Preacher” class in Seminary. And it should consist of listening to Adrian Rogers sermons over and over and over. Instead I sound like Gomer Pyle with sinus problems.
2. Ben Stein. His voice is boring and captivating at the same time. Almost mesmerizing. If I preached with his voice, no one would complain about me being too loud and no one would go to sleep–unless you consider being hypnotized the same thing as being asleep.
3. Mickey Mouse. Yes, it would be odd for Mickey’s voice to come out of someone as gigantic as I am. But it would be distinctive. I’m not sure I would be taken seriously calling on people to repent with a voice like that, though.
4. Bea Arthur. So I could sound like a real man.
5. Flavor Flav. Ok–I’m not serious about this one. But it would be awesome to say “Yeah Boy!” after important sermon points in his voice. And it would be awesome to wear a huge clock around my neck. A guy can dream, right?
6. Christian Bale (as Batman). I can only make my voice sound that gravelly for short periods of time before I lose it for the rest of the day. If only I could have that voice for one whole sermon, I am pretty sure that nobody would forget any of my points. They would be afraid to.
7. Yoda. “Open your Bibles to Luke chapter 10, you will.” Yeah–that would be cool.
I know that I can hope and dream all that I want–my voice isn’t going to change. Sure, there are exercises that I could do to change it, to make it less nasally and a little deeper.
Truthfully, I don’t really think that I care that much about it.
How we use our voices is far more important than how our voices sound.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.
Praise ye the LORD.
My voice is to be used to glorify the Lord, to lift others up, to proclaim the Gospel.
I may not be pleased with how it sounds all of the time, but it can be used in ways that please the Savior all of the time.
Nasally or not, Jesus is worthy of all praise. It’s the best thing that we could ever do with the voices He gave us.
If you could choose, who would you want to sound like?
How do you use your voice for His glory?