The spotlight was turned on Mandy Harvey when she received the golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent in June 2017; sending her straight to the live semi-finals. I met her when she was interviewed at our church. She talked about how her dream of being a choir teacher had been shattered when she lost her hearing. She thought: Now what? Do I matter now? What do I do now?
Sometimes we think that when we’re defeated, the right thing to do is to withdraw, especially when we’re beaten. It happens to all of us. When we’re doing well, we rarely ask, “Does what I do really matter?” We ask that question when we’re defeated. That’s the reality.
How can anyone understand the feeling of desperation and the confusing emotions Mandy experienced at that time? Her father, Joe, encouraged her to sing again. At first, she was timid about it. “Okay, I’ll try it,” she said, lacking confidence. She had to rely on someone else to tell her how she sounded when she sang. She had known how to sing and even when she lost her hearing, she could still sing. But she couldn’t hear herself sing, so it felt like it was worthless and pointless.
By relying on others, trusting her pitch, and watching tuning machines, she now sings on key, and keeps time. Why? Because she remembered what it felt and sounded like to do so. We need to remember some things too. The Lord said to Joshua, “Remember, I was with Moses and I’ll be with you.”
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” – Hebrews 10:35
Mandy’s deafness didn’t change, but her confidence did. Sometimes our circumstances don’t change, but our confidence can. The Lord can give us confidence in any and all circumstances, but we tend to assess ourselves based on what we see, instead of trusting His promises to us and His presence with us.
We ask the question about whether what we do matters or not at the wrong times—usually whenever we’re feeling defeated, not when things are going well. Because of my deep love for my kids, it would grieve me immensely if they did not live up to their potential. And God loves His kids more than that. The amount of love we have for our children pales in comparison to the love God has for each one of us. We cheer for our children and God cheers even more for us. Why wouldn’t you make every effort to live up to your God-given potential? You and I don’t live up to our potential whenever we forget, overlook, or ignore God’s promises. The reason we can live fearlessly is because God loves us perfectly and eternally.
Every day God votes for you. Every day Satan votes against you. You cast the deciding vote. Every. Single. Day. You. Vote.
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“I couldn’t put it down. What a blessing it was to me! I realized right away that I have been WANDERING for the last couple of months! Reading 70 Seconds has given me a newfound energy and dedication to staying faithful and making sure that I “vote” everyday. I am now thinking that maybe this season of my life is part of God’s plan to give me rest and help me to really listen for His voice to determine what’s next for me and to choose FAITH over fear!”
– Joi Williams, former head coach, UCF Women’s Basketball; former asst. coach, WNBA San Antonio Stars