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