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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Spiritual Sundays~One Note Musician

Happy Sunday, everyone! Please join me for a cup of tea and chat for awhile, then click the beautiful sky to the right to visit our lovely hostesses, Charlotte and Ginger, for Spiritual Sundays.

I would like to share a page from God's Little Devotional Book.

"A series of illustrations in a popular magazine once depicted the life story of a "one-note" musician." From frame to frame, the tale revealed how the women followed her daily routine of eating and sleeping until the time came for the evening concert. She carefully inspected her music on the stand, and tuned her instrument. As the concert began, the conductor skillfully cued first one group of musicians and then another until finally, the crucial moment arrived. It was time for the one note to be played!

The conductor turned to the violinist and signaled her to sound her note. She did, and then the moment was over. The orchestra played on and the "one-note" woman sat quietly through the rest of the concert - not with a sense of disappointment that she had played only one note, but with a sense of contentment and peace of mind that she had played her one note in tune, on time, and wtih great gusto.

Sometimes, "one-note" people are criticized for being limited or narrow in their perspective by those whose lifestyle requires the wearing of many "hats". But a job well done by others is valued by God, so it certainly deserves our recognitition and respect."

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV

Did this speak to you about someone you know...yourself, perhaps? I've been on both ends of this story...thinking I wasn't doing enough, thinking I was doing too much, and just wanting one note to play. Either way, what matters is that whether I play a note or a one woman symphony, that it would be only as God has called me to do...no more, no less, and nothing on my own.

Have a wonderful Sunday, all of you, and may god bless you. Please remember to pray for our troops, for our military, for our president and for our great nation. Remember Debbie and her family as they grieve for their beloved Amy Dawn.

Mary

15 comments:

  1. Dear Mary, it can be so difficult finding a balance in our daily walk with Christ. Sometimes we forget the He is ultimitely in control but our flesh forgets that. Thank you for this post...it's been a blessing :o)
    Happy Lord's Day!

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  2. I would rather be able to do that one thing to the glory of God then lots of things without Him.

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  3. Oh Mary what a wonderful post. I can really relate to this from both sides just as you said. When I was a little younger it seemed ss though there were soo many hats to wear that there was hardly time to change them, and often times there was a few on at a time, haha. But sometimes recently it is more like I have to search for that hat. I have felt like I need to do so much more. I LOVE that verse you shared from Ecc., and I am going to remember it. It is wonderful. Have a wonderful Sunday, and thank you for your sweet words about my daughter. Blessings, Debbie

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  4. what a beautiful story and a great reminder to play our 'notes' as God calls us to! thank you for your kind words on my blog.

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  5. Mary this was a wonderful post.I'm looking forward to the day when I have fewer hats to wear.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

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  6. What a great post, Mary! Yes, it indeed spoke to my heart. In our church we are bombarded by all kinds of ministries to join. They are constantly telling us to tithe our time and talents as well as our finances. Well, my husband and I did that for over 35 yrs. at the church we belonged to in our old neighborhood. In fact, I was a catechist for 15 yrs. Now that we are older, and moved where we live now, and belong to our present church,we decided to limit our activities and concentrate on one thing. We joing the prayer ministry, where we give one hour a month to sit in the chapel and pray for the intentions in the prayer basket, and for anything else we choose to pray. Once in a while I feel that it is not enough and people do not recognize that we are "behind the scenes" ministers. But as you wrote, God knows what we do and how well we do it.
    Thank you so much for bringing this to us.

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  7. What a wonderful devotional, Mary! Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a beautiful Sunday.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  8. Oh yes, it is so important that we are doing what He tells us to do. No more, no less and it is so easy for us to fall in one ditch or the other in this area.
    Susan

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  9. Hi Mary,
    I too have been on both ends of this story. Thanks for the reminder today. A very inspiring post. Thank you for sharing,
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  10. I love this. It is so important for us to know that God just expects us to play our part, not everybody else's.
    Thank you for sharing this insight.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  11. This is a tension we women live with - am I doing enough or am I overdoing. And it takes practice to hear the Lord's voice in it all, doesn't it? I love it when you challenge me!

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  12. this is a great post that I will place away in memory many try to fill to many spots but if you do one great and like it is to be done then there is no more one should ask for

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  13. Trying to catch up on comments here. This is a sweet post, and a good lesson! Thanks for sharing.

    Katherine

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