Dare 2B Daring – August 22, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.” – Chuck Swindoll
When I was in third grade, my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to take some free music lessons through our local elementary school. And so, I selected an instrument – the trumpet – and began practicing.
To this day, I remember two things about my short-lived musical career. First, I approached each lesson with fear and trepidation. I can still see (and feel) myself sweating every time my instructor asked me to play a note or two.
The second thing I remember is how awful I was. To this day, I cannot understand how musicians like my wife can make sense of some squiggly notes on a sheet of paper. Magically, her brain tells her hands which piano keys to play… and her feet which piano pedals to push.
After two weeks of round-the-clock practicing, I had managed to play the first few notes of “Pop Goes the Weasel” on my trumpet. However, that same night, my brother – who was and is a very talented musician – picked up my instrument. Without the benefit of a single lesson, he started playing it like Louis Armstrong. Needless to say, I turned in my trumpet the very next day and picked my baseball glove back up!
The point of me telling you this 50-year old story is this: God gives each and every one of us a “string” or two to play. For my brother, it is the piano, the clarinet, and virtually any musical instrument he can lay his hands on. For me, it is a softball glove, a basketball, and a golf club. The key (no pun intended) is what we do with those strings.
Do we play them to the very best of our ability? And more importantly, for Whom do we play them? I try to honor God with my limited athletic ability and I know that my brother does the same with his vast musical talents. How about you, my friend? How has God gifted you and what are you doing with that gift or gifts?
“Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” Matthew 25:28-29 (NKJV)