“A Beautiful Mind,” was based on a true story about a paranoid schizophrenic named John Nash. John’s biggest obstacle was the many voices he heard in his head, which ALL seemed real. In the movie, John says: “We all hear voices. We just have to decide which ones we are going to listen to.” True, True. Often, we hear different voices in our head. As a Christian, I KNOW God’s voice is in there, but distinguishing it above all others is my dilemma (and goal!). How can God’s voice be THE voice? I found a cool answer in John 10: “The shepherd walks right up to the gate…and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it.” From this, I found two things to help me. One, “the sheep recognize his voice.” If I was a little girl and was at a crowded Nordstrom’s Rack because there was an amazing shoe sale, and I couldn’t find my Dad but I could hear my Dad, I would walk toward the voice of my Dad. Similarly, with God, His voice is going to be trusted and sound right. It won’t confuse me. It won’t contradict scripture. It won’t “compete” for the first-placement of other voices. His voice is a prevailer, clear, truthful, all-loving. If any of these are in question, it’s not His voice. Two, “they are familiar with his voice.” When I’m wondering, “God, are you there? Is that you?” It shouldn’t sound foreign. Back to the shoe-sale, what if the voice sounded like my Dad, but it was in Portuguese? Then I would not go to that voice. My Dad’s voice is familiar to me–in English, only. God’s voice will be familiar to you, the longer you walk with God. But you have to walk with Him day-by-day-by-day-by-day. If you aren’t hearing his voice, one self-consideration is, am I walking closely enough to Him to hear it? I know this is a basic post–but so am I. Besides, I don’t wanna keep you longer than my 1-minute promise! I hope this encourages someone today!