This little quote in the photo speaks volumes to me. It is so easy to compare oneself negatively to what is often considered ideal by “the world”. Often, only a certain category of skills, accomplishments, talents, or physical appearance is deemed acceptable. No matter how strong our own self-esteem or self-confidence is, there are days when we assume we just don’t measure up.
Of course, we are wrong when we thing that. The Bible tells us there are many gifts but the same Spirit. So each of us is special. yet each needs the discipline to improve, learn, and grow. Everyone struggles/struggled to learn certain things. It is in the submission to the discipline of learning that we grow. In a way what matters, really, is the process. You see, each time we do that, we improve our ability to learn things.
It is exciting to learn and grow. Do you find yourself holding back at times? Or forgetting to set goals? I do! It is easy to minimize our own gifts and stand in awe of the gifts of others. Yet God calls us to more. He calls us to love His creation, include to love what He created in us. It is a life-long challenge to become the marvelous creation He made us to be. Yet each step of the way can be a marvelous, glorious mountaintop and mountaintop and mountain climbing experience.
Each person in our life is His gift to us. The joyful part of life is accepting and challenging each other to bloom and grow; and, ‘playing the sunset’, as Mr. Holland said in Mr. Holland’s Opus.
He told one of his students, “Playing music is supposed to be fun. It’s about heart, it’s about feelings, moving people, and something beautiful, and it’s not about notes on a page. I can teach you notes on a page, I can’t teach you that other stuff.” He, of course, was talking about music and any endeavor. It is about more than the tasks. It is about the gestalt, the joy. Do you lose sight of that like I do sometimes?
Perhaps when we lose sight of our master plan and vision for or life, we are reducing our symphonies to discrete, disparate notes. It is no wonder that on those days we feel as though we are off-key! But all we need to do is “clean our our spit valve”, “tighten our strings”, re-tune, re-group, and play again.
We have a life-time to play our symphonies, to dance our ballet, to write our story, to draw our landscape, to…..you get the idea! But somedays I just know—before that sun sets over the horizon, I must get out, walk, smell the air, hear the birds, turn my eyes to His mountaintops—and rejoice. May you have a rejoicing day :-). Play the sunset.