The Concert

Marie and I have been friends for over 20 years and even though she has been living in Florida for the last 14 years, she has never lost contact with me and she remains one of my dearest and truest friends.  We stay in touch through email and she has sent me some funny ones, some serious ones, some thought provoking ones and some pull on your heart string ones; but this one was so poignant, I knew I had to share it.  I’m not sure who authored it, but it’s worth sharing.  May it touch you as it did me and may your desire to know Him grow with each passing moment.

The Concert

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin a mother returned to her seat and discovered that her child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage.

To her horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out,”Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance then quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy’s ear, “

Don’t quit . . . keep playing.”

Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child, and he added a running obbligato.

Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.

The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn’t recall what else the great master played. Only the classic, ” Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Perhaps that’s the way it is with God.

What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren’t always graceful flowing music.  However, with the hand of the Master, our life’s work can truly be beautiful.   The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully.   You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear,

Don’t quit . . . Keep playing.”

May you feel His arms around you and know that His hands are there, helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces. Remember, God doesn’t seem to call the equipped, rather, He equips the ‘called.’

Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire. So touch someone by passing this little message along.

May God bless you and be with you always, and remember,

“ Don’t quit . . . Keep playing.”


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