With a Whole Heart
The different moods music can convey never cease to amaze me. Music can be happy, woeful, eager, mournful, exhilarating--the list could go on. Each piece, when played with feeling and a full heart, conveys emotion and meaning.
Yet I have found that those same pieces can also sound like empty noise. There have been days when I've mechanically hit notes with my thoughts and mind a thousand miles away. At those times, my music lacks life--and I miss out on the joy of really playing.
In Ecclesiastes, the Bible urges us to do whatever we undertake with all our might. We're to play each moment--each task the Lord brings--with our whole heart as unto Him, rather than merely mechanically making it through the "notes" of life.
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." Ecclesiastes 9:10
It's very easy to miss out on the joy of playing full heartedly--to fail to enter fully into whatever the Lord brings. Perhaps our minds begin to worry or fear about the future. Perhaps we begin to think about what people think rather than simply playing the music the Lord has given us. Perhaps we allow discontent with the "song" before us to creep in and waste the moments wishing we could play something else.
Life is too short to waste--let's not miss out on enjoying and playing with a full heart the music God has given us today.
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:17
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" Colossians 3:23
Missing Out on the Music
Benjamin mechanically moved his bow across the strings, wondering if this song would everend. He didn't want to be playing this slow background part. He wanted to join the group of violinists that had all the fun lines--or so it seemed to him. When would his turn come?
"Benjamin"--the conductor's words arrested Benjamin.
"Yes, sir," he hastened to reply.
"Benjamin, I know you want to play a different part," the conductor began. "But this is the part I have given you right now. You can choose to play it half-heartedly and be miserable, or you can choose to trust me and enjoy this music."
Benjamin looked at his conductor in surprise. He had forgotten that his conductor had assigned him this part. Now Benjamin's conductor was a masterful orchestrator--one who knew just how to arrange the instruments and the parts to the best effect. Benjamin remembered being upset about the part he'd been given many times before, yet looking back, he could see that the conductor had always known best.
Benjamin picked back up his bow, determined to play the part before him with all his heart, leaving the rest in his conductor's capable hands.
"How great are His signs, how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; His dominion endures from generation to generation." -Daniel 4:3