This is the year both of my kids are in high school. When your children reach high school, things immediately change. They have somewhat figured out their gifts, their talents, their interests. They have selected activities and hobbies that they truly enjoy. It’s very different from the elementary years when they dabble in a sport for a year, only to not want to take it up the following year. I’ve been through baseball season, a few soccer seasons, and even a year of karate while the kids dabbled. Today, my son plays the trombone and my daughter runs. My son is musically gifted; my daughter is a dedicated runner.
Part of the school shopping this year included a new trombone for my son and running spikes for my daughter. They both have gifts in their respective areas, but they needed to be equipped with some items to help them get to the next level. My daughter just used her new spikes for the first time, and it was amazing to see the improvement in her run on the muddy mess of a course this weekend. She was equipped to do what has been placed on her heart.
God calls us each to do something in life for His kingdom. As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3:5, “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God” (NLT). God qualifies us. God also places people in our lives to equip us to better serve for His glory. Ephesians 4 speaks of the responsibility people have “to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (v. 11-12 NLT). Today, consider who God has placed in your life. Does God want you to help equip them for service? Is the Spirit leading you to do something to help them? Are you enabling them to stay where they are at, when you could instead equip them for the road ahead? Pray about this.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function.” – Romans 12:4 [NIV]
My son has been playing the trombone since the beginning of the school year and it has been a very interesting time for me to listen to his practices. There are some songs where I can grasp the song that he is playing with only his trombone portion. There are other songs that get me a bit puzzled. It makes no sense to me because I am only hearing his part. Last night, I was blessed to hear the entire band perform the music as one, and the sound was beautiful and the songs that I did not understand became very clear. Each member joined together and the result was amazing.
We as Christians are one member of the Body of Christ. We each have a different role to fulfill in the Kingdom. We have each been made uniquely by God for His special purpose. We may not always understand our own purpose, and we may not comprehend the purposes of others as well. But as we join together with all of our differences, our unique gifts, our varying personalities, we are one Body. We make such beautiful music together when we are all playing our own part as God has designed. It is a symphony that only our great Creator could have written.
Today, don’t look at the differences in others and complain because you think things should be done your way or because it is difficult to join together and co-exist with someone so different from you, but see the beauty in those around you and encourage each other to fulfill the part God has called us to fill. God’s plan is perfect. Let us focus on His goodness and let us remember that every single one of us is important to God.
My son started playing the trombone at the start of this school year. Some people warned me that I would be in for trouble, and that the noise of his practices would drive me crazy. I have not found that to be true at all. When he practices, I always want to be nearby so I can listen in to hear his progression. I heard his struggles with notes, his first successful run of notes, his hushed “yes” under his breath, and his silly behavior to get him through it all. Now I recognize the songs he is playing and it sounds great. It was such a blessing to be able to have these moments and to continue to have these moments.
God loves to hear our beautiful music too. Some of us may be struggling with notes, and not have an ear to even reach the notes that are written. I remember this one time my son made this high pitched squeaking noise come out from his trombone that I jumped a foot in the air. I prayed that it never happened again, but I stayed in my chair and kept listening. God loves every time we sing, even with the squeaky notes that cause others to cringe. It is not about hitting the right notes, about getting the song just right. The most beautiful music comes from the heart.
Our God is an awesome God. He is our Lord, our Creator, the great I AM. He is our Comforter, or Saviour. He is our All in All. Today, as you are faced with struggles and triumphs, the good and the bad, don’t forget to sing to the Lord. Praise His great name. If you’re like me, it’ll warm your heart.
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”
– Psalm 150:6 [NASB]