November 6, 2017 · 11:14 am
~ Barbara Jordan
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.
I am so thankful for the choir in which I sing. I had the benefit of a decade of the best training a singer could have, a teacher who answered a barrage of questions, an accompanist who played the alto line even when I didn’t ask. I have a new choir director, a new accompanist and they are kind and gentle and expect me to ask if I have a question. I know it is on ME to learn my part, it is on ME to find it sung by a choir that closely resembles the effect that the director is trying to achieve.
Blame falls on me for many things. Too many things. I place it there, thinking it must always be on me if something goes wrong in a relationship, in a lesson, well, you get the idea. A dear choir member heard my distress yesterday, when I voiced something and she took me aside and reminded me that it is not on me if someone makes a grumpy face because they are inconvenienced. That led to a more in depth discussion about peace, and other folks’ responsibilities.
And of course I was able to make that application across many other experiences. It is not up to me to live well on other’s behalves, or to try to be the “good kid” in the class so that the teacher won’t be upset. I am responsible for my behavior, my responses AND those things don’t make me better than the others, it is just what I need to do to find my peace with God.
Any of you people pleasers out there that can relate? So thankful for another wonderful life lesson that I learned in the choir.
How can I keep from singing?
arranged by Mark Hayes
Because of Him,