Thursday, June 08, 2006

Play Sublimely

Here's an excerpt from one of my favorite inspirational books, Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.

"Antonio Stradivari was a seventeenth century violin maker whose name in its Latin form, Stradivarius, has become synonymous with excellence. He once said that to make a violin less than his best would be to rob God, who could not make Antonio Stradivari's violins without Antonio.

He was right. God could not make Stradivarius violins without Antonio Stradivari. Certain gifts were given to that craftsman that no other violin maker possessed.

In the same vein, there are certain things you can do that no one else can. Perhaps it is parenting, or constructing houses, or encouraging the discouraged. There are things that only you can do, and you are alive to do them. In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song, and you owe it to God to play them both sublimely." (Lucado, Grace for the Moment, p. 172)
Max, I totally agree. So wherever you are and whatever you do, my friends, play on. Sing your song, and sing it well, for only you can do it.

Ever played a musical instrument? Sang in the choir? As a non-musically gifted person, I'll share my misadventures in the comments...


Blogger Kern said...

I played the violin and the stringed bass in the Congress Jr. High Orchestra. First chair. When I left Jr. High for High School, I quit because it wasn't cool. Such a mistake. Today, I specialize in 'air string bass'. Very specialized area, in fact I am the leader in this new and exciting field.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Desperate Writer said...

I play the flute. Not for years, of course, but from sixth grade to eleventh. I can still play a few things,and read music, but my embouchure is shot. Who knew playing a wind instrument was such a workout?

I love Max Lucado, I really should read more of him.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Air string bass? That does sound special! Thank goodness the field has a leader such as yourself to forge ahead with strength and fearlessness. Press on, Kern!

7:29 AM  

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