I’m pretty sure you’re concerned about you.
This makes you human.
You’ve invested an enormous amount of time working out the details of how to make your life a winner.
Your desire is to dance at the finish line and pump your arms above your head in victory.
You’re making steps toward achieving your goal through practicing winning behavior.
You’ve even inched forward in what you realize you must do to set aside foolishness for the pursuit of excellence.
I want what you want … to win.
Like music here’s a story that depicts how the steel rods are being strategically placed piece by piece into our lives.
Good work—fulfilling, satisfying work—is being built into us even when we don’t think so, by God’s Holy Spirit.
What will you and I look like when the building (the music score) is finished?
IT TAKES HOURS OF PRACTICE
It didn’t happen by itself.
It came about with collaboration and patience and persistence.
Isn’t that how most everything worthwhile happens?
WHEN YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE WHO CARES
“Be Still My Soul” is sung in USA churches today because three people from three different countries worked unknowingly together across 147 years, from an idea tickling in one mind to a completed musical composition. How did this come about?
Katharina von Schlegel, in 1752, wrote the words to the hymn in German.
Approximately a hundred years later, in 1855, Jane Borthwick translated the words into English.
And in conclusion, Finland’s great composer Jean Sibelius contributed the final part in 1899. One movement of his “Finlandia” became the tune.
The theme of “Be Still My Soul” touches on these truths:
- God hasn’t abandoned you.
No matter what your grief or pain keep on trusting God.
One-day fear and grief will die and faith will rise.
So let fear and grief die, let faith rise.
Feel faith’s thrill and joy catch fire within.
KEEP THIS IN MIND
God’s Holy Spirit does things differently than we do.
- Time isn’t bothersome for God.
- Avoid thinking only about today.
- The temporary is temporary.
God IS IN the temporary and IS ABLE to position eternity in our heart.
Those times when we cry “Help me!” Perhaps at those times, the Lord will send you someone who could use your smile and compassionate love.
Sing to them “Be Still.”
STRUGGLE RESULTS IN REWARDS
And remember this: You are God’s music.
You’re heard all over your world.
Make your life sing.
Someone, besides Jesus, will be grateful for you.