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You're Going to Need a Shovel

I love instrumental music! There’s something about being able to create your own sound and words.  Singing to instrumental worship music is absolutely freeing to me.  I was in a rehearsal or a service a while back and I remember being frustrated because I could not worship freely through song at home.  I began to wonder why, and I heard “The sound you want, you have to create.” A few months ago I made an investment.  I decided that I wasn’t going to sit on any more of the gifts that i have, and that I was going to perfect what had been given to me to encourage, minister to, and build up others as I am led to do so.

I learned a song in like five minutes today (by looking up the chords) and I started to play, and it took me back to that moment when I heard “the sound you want you have to create.”  I started to sing and it was an amazing feeling as I was able to freely worship through song and playing keys for the first time in a very long time! It reminded me of Matthew 25:14-28.

14-18 “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.

So let me be transparent: I buried the gift of playing piano because I didn’t feel “good enough,” I was too lazy to perfect the gift, I compared myself to others, the list goes on and on really.  I’ve been playing the piano since I was 4 years old.  Besides writing that’s the only thing that I had been perfecting since childhood.  However, somewhere along the way I gave it up, never losing the ability but burying it thinking that it wouldn’t be useful or necessary to myself or anyone else.  I didn’t know that years later, I would need that very gift for MYSELF.

24-25 “The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’

26-27 “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.

28-30 “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’

Ouch…That hurt! It’s time to dig up what you’ve buried so that you can honor God, and serve others.  What God has given to you, he’s given to you based on your abilities.  That means that you CAN do it! Comparing yourself to others, laziness or whatever is stopping you cannot be used as an excuse.  So get your shovel, dig up what you think you have buried and use it!

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