Monday, December 8, 2008

I was created to...

As a parent you do the best that you can; and occasionally you have the pleasure of discovering you're doing something right...

My daughter had her first performance as a member of the Chicago Children's Choir. To this point it had only been rehearsals, and meetings, and an outlay of money; tuition, fundraisers, and a very specific uniform, and now it was time to see her sing. I went because this is what parents do. We go to band concerts with earplugs and Little League games with sunscreen, bug spray and snacks, and to endless soccer games huddled under blankets by season's end because this is how we support our children in variety of things they're attempting.

I, however, found this concert to be vastly different and I sat with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat the entire time Katie was performing because there was no doubt that this was her niche. She shone there onstage and even the vast distance from the risers to mid auditorium could not conceal her pure joy.

In the grand finale she was lost from view in a group of a couple hundred children.
Did her voice make a difference in that vast group? No.
Did her being a part of this great endeavor make a difference to her? Absolutely.

There was a song with the phrase "I was created to make Your praise glorious", it was vibrant and upbeat. Watching her sing there was no doubt that Katie was created to be in a performing choir.

What if that song is true? What if you and I were created to make God’s praise glorious? And to do so through whatever means and in whatever way God has gifted us to do so?

We’re not all gifted to be singers, if so, who would listen? But we have all been crafted in a particular way to lend our own personal tenor to this anthem of God’s praise, so that as we come together, His praise is glorious, vibrant, with the ability to move a watching world to the realization that this is something more than religion or ritual because it’s so very real to us.

Is this some face we put on? Some “praise the Lord” attitude we adopt? Not at all. This praise springs from who we are and the relationship we are currently enjoying with the One who created us. And therefore it will emanate out of our lives because we are so filled with it.

You were created to make His praise glorious. This is your niche.

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

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