Once, during a performance before a large audience by the great violinist Itzahk Perlman, a string suddenly broke. The loud snap stunned the orchestra and the conductor silenced them. The audience, too, waited silently, expecting him to pause and replace the string.
Quickly he motioned to the conductor and requested that they continue playing the concerto at the precise point where they had stopped. Perlman then joined them using only three strings.
At the conclusion of the concert the audience gave him a long, standing ovation for his brilliant performance. Finally, when they paused he said, “Sometimes it is the artist’s responsibility to find out how much music he can make with what he has left.”
Often we are tempted to focus on how little we may have rather than on how much God has given us. We emphasize our fears and failures rather than God’s grace and goodness. We look into the mirror and say, “If I had one more string, I could play brilliantly.”
God will give us the skills and talents, strength and power to do whatever He calls us to do.
Prayer: Lord, may we always serve You faithfully and sincerely with each of the gifts You have given us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.