I haven't sung in front of the church for over a year. I hate it, my heart just hasn't been in it and then there are times were I am doing it for the wrong reasons; so I just stopped.
Thursday one of my biggest cheerleader pointed out that we don't sing anymore and he misses it.
fast forward a little
During my Lent Scripture journal time I was reading the story of the talents. I realized I didn't want to be the one to not invest, or use my talents.
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
ast forward to Sunday.
My sister and I had not made time to practice, and I was in the office, which is at the front of the sanctuary, with no way out. Out of the blue I get a text messages.
Sister: Do you want to sing 'You are Holy'.
Ona: I guess, but not sure I have enough breath in me. Can we not split at the end?
Sister: That is fine.
So I start praying.
Dear Lord this is for your glory not my own. Please use this song
They ask if there is anything else and my sister says yes and starts walking up. Everyone gets excited and they haven't even realized I'm already on the stage. My sister explained that we didn't think we had enough air to split at the end ( our weakness). God sure did show up, and his strength carried us through. All the way through, it was beautiful, not because of anything we did but purely because God inhabits the praises of his people. We weren't doing it for the wrong reasons and God used us to bless the congregation.
Now I just have to remember not to hide my talent, but to use it for his glory.
Dear Lord, I give all of my talents to you. Please use then for your glory not my own. In Jesus glorious name, Amen
I would love to hear about a time you were weak and relied on God?