Music is a very powerful instrument. It allows you to paint a portrait of the world as you see it. It grants you access to the deepest emotions and memories you keep locked up in the most hidden crevices of your being. Memories you thought you’ve long forgotten but suddenly surface every time that sustained note is played.
I know so many people who have been blessed with such amazing talents. I have friends who are able to capture the minds and touch the hearts of others and allow them a glimpse of a journey through life with music. So much of who they are and who they want to be are stitched together with the cadenza that it becomes hard to keep track of where the person ends and the music begins. They all band together to form one cosmic being that engulfs your senses and sweeps you off to another world, in another time. It’s the closest anyone can get to God. In that brief instant, where man and music join in the most intimate way, the world is still and all that is left is the man, the music and the one up top without whom none of this would be allowed to exist.
I believe that a gift like this, a gift so incredibly staggering, is to be shared at all times and in all ways. To keep it to yourself would be, for lack of a better word, selfish and egotistic. (Which is, more or less the same thing)
We’ve all gone through that awkward moment wherein family and friends push us to share our talents and we flat out refuse because we’re shy, nervous or unprepared. I used to think that it was the right of the performer to say NO because it was their talent to share. Therein lies the problem.
We forget that the talents we are given are not ours. These talents are simply on loan from THE BIG GUY. Sharing it with others is one way of giving back and thanking him for giving us the skills in the first place.
The only thing that’s really holding us back is our pride. “I make a mistake, I get embarrassed, I can’t handle the pressure…” the only person you’re really concerned about is yourself. See that’s the thing, it isn’t always about you. You are imparting who you are to others. You are allowing OTHERS to read you like an open book. You don’t live for yourself, you live for EVERYONE ELSE! Remember, “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” Push your fears aside, swallow your pride and have faith in the Lord’s infinite goodness. With him by your side, you can never go wrong.