We all have that little nagging thought in our head at times, “Why am I doing this? Someone else has already written/painted/sewed/cooked/sung/ran/invented this before me. Why should I go through the trouble to do it as well?”
I’m not talking about those moments when you are overwhelmingly busy or you decide you want to change paths or something truly more important takes precedence over a hobby. I’m talking about quitting something you love because you feel like you aren’t making a difference.
I’ve seen several people on Facebook lately, voicing this thought.
“I’m thinking I should just buy Christmas cookies from the bakery. They’re better than mine, anyway.”
“I’m not sure I should keep blogging. I don’t have anything original to say and my numbers aren’t growing very quickly.”
“I think I’m going to stop playing my guitar at church. They’d be better off with a CD.”
I would like to take a moment, here in my little corner of the World Wide Web (hehe. 1996 Me, who still lives in my head, is very impressed with herself for having her own little space on the World Wide Web. But I digress…) to give you a message. Yes… YOU. Here it is:
YOU CAN’T QUIT NOW! THE CHOIR NEEDS EVERY VOICE!
Imagine the most gorgeous choral music you’ve ever heard. There are 100 men and women on stage giving the concert of the century. A gorgeous, complex song is pouring out of these people and into their audience who sits, entranced by the magic of it.
But then one singer walks away. And then another. And another….
Pretty soon you’ve got 3 basses and an alto and it just doesn’t sound right.
Is the song getting sung?
Yes. But it’s not half as lovely. Some of the parts are missing. Not as many people are going to listen to it. Those who do aren’t going to be affected in the same powerful way.
So, in your head, now put them all back up there again. Hear that? For a little while one soprano is soaring up above the group. She is the focus of the show and everyone is breathless because it’s so indescribably beautiful. But if not for the other 99 people supporting that solo it would lack depth and context. And then her solo ends.
Maybe a group of baritones take the lead. There are a whole row of them, singing in unison and it is rich and powerful. It resonates in your very bones. But without everyone else it would be too dark and droning.
Do you see? Every voice is needed. It might be your turn to sing the solo and be the star or it may be your season to blend in with the chorus. Even if you always blend in with the chorus and never sing a solo, you are vitally important!
So don’t give up!
If you have a blog post about the importance of breast-feeding just itching to come out… WRITE IT! Yours won’t be the first or the last. It’s all been said before. BUT THAT POST WILL BE THE ONLY ONE IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND WRITTEN IN YOUR VOICE. And maybe… just maybe… YOUR voice is the one that will resonate with that new mom who really needs some encouragement today.
If you enjoy baking your own chocolate chip cookies… BAKE THEM! Who cares if you don’t bake like Mrs. Fields? Maybe her cookies are too sweet for some people and the person with whom you share yours just LOVES that yours are a little less sugary. NOBODY ELSE IN THE WHOLE WORLD WILL MAKE THOSE COOKIES JUST LIKE YOU DO!
If God put a song in your heart and told you to sing it in church… SING IT!
If God gave you feet that want to run races, you lace up your shoes… RUN YOUR RACE!
If God filled you with a passion… FOLLOW IT!
No one else can do what you do in just the way you do it. The choir needs YOUR voice. Don’t give up!
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