Yesterday, was a fun day for the youth department in our church. It’s quite a good day, four churches unites just to listen to the testimony of the newly married couple in our church. Their love story is quite interesting and really God guided marriage. It was certainly a love story written by the greatest writer of all time, the Lord Jesus. The Lady was ate(big sister) em2x, she is already 36 years of age, and told us never to hurry and just wait for the Lord because he reserved the best for us in His right time and never ever be discourage and just continue in faith. She promised herself before she meet kuya(big brother) tony (her husband now) that she only wanted to marry a man on God’s heart that would never take her away from the ministry. The theme for our youth fellowship was “Finding the Right Partner for God’s Glory”, It’s quite tough if you rely on your own wit but if let God do it then it’s no sweat at all and everything will just fall into place.
Then the young people on our church specially those who play instrument (violin), played a piece on stage titled “Laura’s Blessings”, then I was curious why the other members wasn’t performing, then I asked my sister, you have practiced right why you aren’t performing, She said to me, “I wanted to, but they stopped us.”, then I said, Why?
She then replied, she(this girl have grow up in church and learned to play the violin earlier than the other three who aren’t performing and attended special violin classes) said, “Ate why don’t you just play on the last part of the chorus because I think you are not in tune.”, She is always saying that and whenever they play she always have this pouted face, saying, Oh No! Not in tune, not in tune, even though it’s already in tune. She always want to play solo so that all eyes will be in her. God forgive me, but me too, I’m also a member of the ensemble, but she is the only one I don’t really want to play with. Yeah, it’s quite my fault too for not bein’ able to practice and enroll special the way she did but playing for the Lord is not like joining “America’s Got Talent”, it’s not a competition, it’s glorifying God, it should be played with all our hearts while relying on God’s help to play it perfectly before the Lord. But still, don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate her at all, 🙂 I’m just praying that God will give her wisdom to see the greater perspective than just people’s applause.
Yeah, I believe God deserved the very best of us, but if that’s best of yours make you boast of your abilities and stepped and hurt others and became a hindrance for them to perform before God too then I think that’s no good at all, right?. Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift”.God looketh unto our hearts, no matter how good you sing or play the violin, professional level performance, (she is not that good enough yet but she is already make other stumble unto that little ability she believed she is good enough) if your heart is not right then that is in vain, because it is not done for God anymore but for the people around. She worried that their performance on front will fail those people who looked around, that’s why she stopped the others, she leaned on her own ability, she doesn’t even bothered to ask God to play with them so that everything will be alright. Vice Versa, no matter how bad you sing or played, if that’s heartily and only done for the Glory of God then God would make that performance the best ever that could touch even the deepest part of the human soul.
1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”
We are not trying to please people but GOD who looketh and tests our hearts.