I’ma tell you like Daddy told me, in everything you do give God the glory. Every opportunity you’re given, sing your song for TWO as you would for a THOUSAND…” ~JOANN ROSARIO
The above quote is the opening verse from the song titled “Serve You Only,” by JoAnn Rosario. There is such wisdom in this quote, such encouragement that, to me, really puts life and actions in proper perspective.
Sometimes, most of the time, we weigh the value of our efforts by the size of the audience or the applause we may or may not receive as a result of it. We allow the absence of accolades to force our minds into the abysmal depths of disbelief, thinking our work is for not.
“No one will buy this painting. No one cares about this poem. Who is going to read this book? I shared the Gospel and no one accepted Christ as their Savior. Is my work in vain?”
All of these thoughts, and we all have had them, lead me to the old saying, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”
The answer to that is yes! The birds whose nest fell heard it. The squirrel who lost her hiding place heard it. We just didn’t hear any of them, because we were not there, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen or that it wasn’t of great importance.
The very fact that we ask the question about the tree and its sound is proof that someone witnessed its fall and thought enough of it to share the tale.
The last line of the above verse is the “meat” of this posting. It is the point. “Sing your song for TWO as you would for a THOUSAND.”
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” ~COLOSSIANS 3:23-24
No matter how big or small your audience, give, and give with your whole heart, with sincerity and authenticity. The eyes and ears of the one person who tastes the fruits of your labors may be the one person who takes what they have learned from you and changes the lives of thousands more because of it.
Furthermore, the One Who rewards you and sees your every step is applauding you!
So don’t be discouraged. Keep writing. Keep dancing. Keep singing and sharing, and do it for the One, our King, Savior, and Champion, as if it were for all!
~Poiema, Poetry in Motion
*Revised from July 2015