One of my goals as an acting coach, is to instill the ability of vocal projection. Little voices seem to excel on the playground, when having a tantrum, in church (when they’re supposed to be still) and in countless other ways. However, put theM in front of an audience and that giant vocal cavity seems close up instantly. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, we need to build enough confidence to produce good vocal communication skills. Theater is great for doing that, because we have a captive audience and most of the time, the crowd is listening with ears wide open.
As I grow older, my ears have closed up some. Hearing aids are out of the question – not because of vanity, but for financial reasons – so I continue to ask for words to be repeated – much to the chagrin of young children. It has, however, proven to be of assistance in getting young actors to speak up.
Can you imagine what it was like to be in the audience of Jesus, Christ? His voice is said to have been filled with compassion, love, peacefulness, power and I imagine volume. He could speak for hours to hungry crowds – who not only longed for food, but for encouragement in times of great poverty and political corruption. He had audiences of at least five thousand at times and that’s not including women and children. He often would escape to the middle of a lake and still be able to capture the attention of those almost a mile away from His voice.
Oh to have a voice with such power – such love – such influence. He stated once that He is the Good Shepherd and that the sheep of His flock hear his voice – they recognize it – they react to it. Even when the man, Jesus, hung helplessly on a cross, His words were recorded for history to remember. He spoke to a dying thief and assured him of paradise. He put the care of His mother in the hands of one of His disciples. He begged His Father to forgive His enemies. He showed His humanity by stating that He was thirsty. He spoke of feeling completely abandoned by His heavenly Father. He strongly declared that His mission on earth was accomplished and He commended Himself into the hands of His Father.
Jesus was like no other man. His voice is greater than any other human being. Even in the softness of words of comfort, He can be heard by those who believe in Him as their Savior.
I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“My Father’s house above
Has many mansions; I’ve a place
Prepared for you in love.”
I trust in Jesus—in that house,
According to His word,
Redeemed by grace, my soul shall live
Forever with the Lord.
“I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say,” Horatius Bonar