Today I was in a store and a young girl was pounding away on the piano. From a couple of aisles away I heard her mother tell her to "stop pounding" on the piano.
The little girl kept pounding away and her older brother came over and said "Mom told you to stop playing the piano."
The little girl replied, "No she didn't. She told me to stop pounding on the piano. I'm not pounding. I'm making music."
Sometimes it depends on how we look at a situation, doesn't it?
To my ears she was pounding away on that thing, but to her ears she was making beautiful music. Who's to say who's right?
I heard loud noise and she heard beautiful music. I heard pounding, she heard inspired. I heard discord, she heard harmony. To me it was an annoyance, to her it was pure fun. I heard clashing keys, she heard a song.
Maybe sometimes it's all in how you do it, how you view it, how you hear it and who you're doing it for.
Think of everything you do each day. There's a lot of repetition in it. You get up and do your morning routine. You either go to work for several hours or stay home and start a load of laundry, clean the house, change diapers or chase toddlers, wipe noses, mediate between quarrels.
Make lunch, put them down for naps, get them up from naps. More diapers, mopping up tears and maybe even some spills on the floor. Errands, doctor's appointment, homework to help with. Kiss hubby hello, mediate more quarrels, flip the laundry, start dinner and still more diapers.
Then there's cleaning up the kitchen, picking up the house, baths, story time, prayers and bed for the kids and folding laundry for mom.
Maybe your kids are older, or you have no kids, but your days are filled with busy. You're exhausted and your day tomorrow looks pretty much the same. You're not sure if you can stand the same old same old of it all. So you go to bed, and wake up to start all over again..
But what if you woke up with the intent to make something beautiful out of your day today?
Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
What if you wake up with the thought that today is the day that the LORD has made just for YOU, geared to your needs and perfectly suited to your strengths and weaknesses and abilities?
Will you rejoice and be glad in it? Will you make beautiful music or will you pound away in frustration when it seems like things aren't going your way?
It's a brand new day, my friend. You can make music, or you can make noise. Make some music.
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