Summer Break is here but I haven’t had much of a ‘break’ in the area of sleeping in. For the last week, for a variety of reasons, I’ve had to get up EARLY; I could REALLY use a morning to wake up without the alarm clock! YAWN!!
I was driving this morning, at 6:30, heading to my chiropractor appointment; drinking my coffee and listening to the radio. I heard the phrase “Live out Loud” – it set my mind racing!! I formed a question in my mind, what does it mean to live out loud? I started brainstorming what it means to ME and jotted down a few of my thoughts in my journal.
Living out loud means………..NOT being ashamed of what others think about where I’ve been and the experiences I’ve had. Being willing to open up and connect with others about life’s struggles. Sharing where my strength and hope comes from; God and a personal relationship with Christ. Striving everyday to be a light in the world and to be helpful to others. Transparency, NO masks and being honest.
THEN I started to wonder how others would answer this? So, I sent out a “quick question” email from my blackberry to some friends, it said this, “Could you take 2 minutes and answer this question quick? What would it mean to you to “live out loud” – can you share your thoughts on living out loud? Do you live out loud? How? Thank you so much for your input! Love, Teri” I LOVE the uniqueness of the responses I got from my friends and family – THANK YOU for contributing, I truly love and appreciate you ALL!! Below are their answers, uncensored……
“Living out loud is extremely rewarding! When one of the kids win an award, I’m the mom Cheering out loud while everyone else claps quietly! When I have accomplished a goal, I’m out there encouraging others that they can do the same thing! As a single mother, I bought my first house, celebrated that in the middle of a company meeting! I made a goal to buy a BMW, it took 5and a half years, but as a single mom, I accomplished that! I lived out load by telling everyone who complimented my materialistic automobile that I had that goal for 5 and a half years, and I did it!!!! I managed a team of 10 salespeople and encouraged them with praise and celebration when they succeeded, loudly! The way I look at the question: do you live out load, I think, YES! I don’t worry about what others think of me…. It’s none of my business! I get up each day to encourage and help mankind! I do it with energy! I do it with a smile! And I do it because I want to!!!!! ~ KP
“Living out loud to me means to be able to share your life’s passions, goals and beliefs with those around you. I am passionate about kids and instilling in them a love for their families and teaching them about their faith. Living out loud means making connections with others that have the same passions as you and being able to learn and grow from each other.” ~ KMP
“Living out Loud….Waking up every morning and watching the sun rise….Listening to the birds…Seeing the beauty in the world God has put before our eyes…Watching the sunsets…Loving with all your heart and like you’re never going to get hurt…Being there with a gentle heart and caring hands for others…Enjoying every moment and making the most out of every opportunity…Listening with your heart…Loving like there’s no tomorrow…Looking for the positive in everything and everyone…ACCEPTANCE…That to me is Living Out Loud.” ~ DN
“I immediately think of the song – “wake the neighbors, get the word out, crank up the music….and shout”. So, I first think of “living out loud” and the message of excitement of having a relationship with the Lord and wanting to shout from the rooftops and share the passion I have for God. I live out “louder” in some areas of my life than others. With some friends/family I speak freely about the love and excitement I have for God. In other areas of life it is more indirect. I try to stand firm in my faith and let the light of God shine out. I think living out loud is living out the Word and what is in your heart and not keeping it inside to yourself. However you can “live out loud” – speaking and sharing the Word, kind actions, patience, tolerance and love.” JE
“Living “Out Loud”. I’ve never thought of it before, but I guess to me it would be living your life as if each day were the most important day. No matter what is on your schedule, you do it to the fullest. Loving life & making the most of it. As a Christian seeing each circumstance or trial as an opportunity to trust the Lord & grow in your faith & finally being ready to share Christ’s love with a testimony or helping hand, taking a stand when you may be the only one “standing” for the truth. Letting your actions, attitudes etc define who you are, with out having to be in your face preachy to someone.” ~ SMF
“Living out loud is about sharing your love of living with others. Don’t let your happiness stay within you give it away to others! When you are loud with your living and loving it is catchy! Let others catch the fever…..live out loud today and every day!” ~ KM
“To live out loud means to me living a life with example. To live life out loud is to be seen by others a way of life that your living. Basically walking the walk and not just talking the talk. That’s how I see it.” ~ RRS
“I think living out loud means to be bold in your faith…people knowing you’re there being the example Christ set for us. Working at getting better at this, but don’t feel like I’m fully “living out loud”.” ~ WL
“Living out loud to me…. what a great question. I guess to me it means sticking to what I believe no matter what! No matter who I am around! I make sure I am who I say I am at all times: I am a daughter to a almighty savior and I try and live every moment for his glory. I am a Christian and a GOD fearing one!!! I want everyone who knows me to know that! I don’t push things on people but I know that everyone who “knows” me, KNOWS this about me. THAT is how I live out loud!!! ” ~ AK
“Live out loud… Letting my heart be apparent from inside out and my actions following my heart by my matching those actions. Something I am working on daily.” ~DM
WHAT does “living out loud” mean to you? How would YOU answer this question?