An Encouragement and Challenge for Musicians

This idea hit me yesterday, so I wrote it down and shared this last night with our musicians at rehearsal. I hope it comes as an encouragement to you as to where you have come from, and a challenge as to where you will go…


“HOPEFULLY IT DOES, AND YET DOES NOT…”

Years ago, probably in your childhood or school years, you discovered a fondness and liking for music.

Perhaps you had a parent that, although not very musical themselves, loved to listen to music because of what it did for their attitude, and thus yours.

Maybe your parent was musical, and so you saw it take tactile shape in their lives.

You probably also discovered that while others endured your required music class in Elementary School, you actually looked forward to it. There was something about it that came easy to you, and that you excelled in – thus your desire and interest in it grew.

Years past, and at some key point in your life, you made a bold, conscious move to immerse yourself in your musical interests, and to develop your natural mustard-seed talents into actual abilities. Some of you did it voluntarily, sometimes even against the desires of your parents. Others did it with the constant prodding, and even hounding from a parent that saw more in us than we saw in ourselves at the time.

More years past, and behind you now are a lifetime of experiences – some great successes and some miserable failures. Some of them are direct results of your own single and series of decisions, and so you are the only one to praise, or to fault. Others have been placed in your path as a test or a trial – to challenge your heart and allow you to either grow or be broken. Either way, you will learn something. All these experiences have paved the way to get you to where you are today. You may see that favorably in some of your life’s situations, and with frustration for other circumstances.

One of the places that your path has lead you is to here. Right here. Right now. With these people, in this building, performing a specific task in a specific role.

The question is: Does that satisfy you?

Hopefully it does, and yet does not.

Hopefully it does, in that you are able to look back at your journey with great understanding, and know that God has you in this place in your life for some very specific reasons. You are here to give back what has been given to you. And the more that has been given to you, whether someone else’s time or talents from God, the more you are now being called to give back to Him.

And be entirely satisfied to know that decades of hard work, grueling experiences, sweat and tears are now paying dividends for the glory of God. Know that both He and your peers are proud of you for putting in the time and effort to be great at what you do, and that you are doing great things when you use the talents He placed in you from your inception.

And, at the same time, hopefully your satisfaction does not turn into arrogance, pride, assumption or apathy. Hopefully you see that there is always room for improvement from your end. Your skills are an evolving and growing entity, and to allowing them to stagnate is a disservice to your Creator.

Are you in doubt? All you need to do is look in your own rear-view mirror! Look at how your skills, along with your personal and spiritual maturity were matched with the situations you were in. Look at each phase of your life, and know that there will be a point, far in the future, that this current time and situation will be just another step in your journey.

The next question is: What decisions, steps and actions will you take today so that years from now, you are able to look back at this time with favorable eyes?

Proverbs 22:29

NIV:

29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?

   He will serve before kings;

   he will not serve before obscure men.

The Message:

29 Observe people who are good at their work—

   skilled workers are always in demand and admired;

   they don’t take a backseat to anyone.

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3 thoughts on “An Encouragement and Challenge for Musicians

  1. Thanks for this post. I do have a musician in my life, my son, who started under Jen’s scheduling in WL several years ago. He’s still on the front of this path. I’ll be sure to fwd this blog post to him. I’d like to think he could learn from those who’ve gone before him, though human nature speaks to the contrary.

  2. A well thought-out and well-written piece. And something I needed to see. Thanks Reid! This more than makes up for your lack of updates lately 😉
    Too bad I have nothing profound to contribute to the blogosphere.

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