Thursday, February 16, 2012

Finish the Song

I love playing the guitar with my dad. He jams on his electric, and I jam on my acoustic. Just about the time I think I’m learning to play better, I end up skipping a whole line of measures. When the chord I play doesn’t match his, I know I’ve done something wrong. It usually happens when I get distracted.

It’s in my moments of distraction that I lose my focus and I can’t play the song right. When God gives us an assignment to do, it can be easy to lose our focus. All kinds of things tug at our attention. Seemingly good things—phone calls, emails, and our schedules. Or not so good things—hurts from the past, fears, and selfishness. God helps us to overcome the “not so good” things and to keep the good things in their proper places. So what should come first in our lives? Our relationship with God. The people He’s given us to know and love—family and friends. Our work and ministry. Each believer is gifted by God to do a special work in the body of Christ (Romans 12:6-8). Whether it’s in the church or in our jobs, we can use the abilities and spiritual gifts God has given us to bless others. We have a song to sing, a melody to play. The lyrics are our contributions to one another. The melody is God’s love.

Whatever song God has given you to sing, and wherever He wants you to play it, don’t let distractions keep you from finishing your song. Each person’s song—each person’s contribution to those around them—can be beautiful. Nobody can “sing” it like you can. Nobody can do your assignment like God enables you to do it. So keep your focus, and finish your song!

“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day” (1 Chronicles 16:23 NKJV).

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