Many, many years ago I was in a little musical about immigrants coming to America. It was 5th grade. I had my first duet, I was dressed as an Irish girl, and the feeling of excitement started building as I stood on stage and started singing the first notes. At all of 10 years old, I felt I had found a new way to express myself, a new activity to love and enjoy. I felt I could do something worthwhile.
Since that moment, I continued to sing in church, a music visions program, throughout my junior high school years, and eventually ending up in the top choir at my high school. Here is where I had most of my success – making All-State chorus three years in a row, as a sophmore being chosen among hundreds of students to sing at a special concert at Carnegie Hall, and as a senior being elected by my fellow choir members to sing the senior solo in the final song of our last concert of the year.
While I don’t have a tremendous voice, at least not one that I could have built a career around, I enjoyed every second I was singing. It was a break from the regular academics and allowed me to learn about other facets of my personality and talent. It helped develop the person I have become and gave me the opportunity to be a more well-rounded individual.
Since I graduated high school, I have missed singing. Not necessarily by myself, truth is I much prefer being one voice in a group of voices. At one point in college I even tried singing a semester in a local community choir. While I enjoyed and appreciated that experience it just did not feel like a good fit for me.
I was sitting in church not too long ago and the sermon was on stewardship. The focus of the sermon though did not rest solely on finances as those types of sermons usually tend to. The point was stressed that all that we are and all that we have is the Lord’s and so when giving of ourselves in any way we are really only allowing God to use what is already His. Our pastor put it in these terms of thinking of God as the owner or board of trustees and we are merely the managers. He also emphasized that whatever we have, whatever we possess, whether it is finances, skills, talents, or anything else, should always be used to serve Him.
As I thought about this, I thought about how my average talent and above average joy of singing both belong to God and I just had not been allowing him to use them for His glory. So in a bold move for me I have joined our church choir. What better way to get involved in an activity that I’ve loved and missed and also praise God for all He has done and continues to do in my life? So far I have attended one rehearsal and served in the choir one Sunday. I only pray that this experience will continue to allow me to worship Him in new ways while also expanding His opportunity to use me and my average, ordinary talent for His extraordinary mission. But whatever comes of this, I just know that for now I am growing my capacity to love and serve our Lord and I am doing it by singing once again.
Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the Lord your God. ~ Deuteronomy 10:14
For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;I will sing praises to your name. ~ 2nd Samuel 22:50