Music Notes

Dear FUMC,

I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and healthy.  We are all beginning to see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.  And that is a great feeling.  We just have to be patient.

This week, I am going to visit a topic of which I have spoken in the past, but from a different angle.  On more than one occasion, I have talked about using our talents and that we all have been blessed with different talents.  Some of us may have a “knack” for one thing while others may have a knack for another.  I have said that we should use the talents that God has granted us to glorify him.  But in this “Music Notes” I am going to approach this from a different direction.

“Inspiration.”  The definition is, “the excitement of mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.”  Talent can be jump started through inspiration.  Think about it.  Singers, dancers, instrumentalists, chefs, rodeo stars were all inspired to do what they do.  When I was three years old, the lady who took care of me during the day taught me the song, “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad.”  I was entered into a children’s talent show and won three silver dollars which I still have.  That plus the fact that people sang to me at bedtime probably inspired me to enjoy singing.  After that, my interest grew.

Of course, I have also wished that I could do other things.  For instance, I know that some of you have watched Charlie and Anne Schaeffer dance.  They don’t just get out in front of a band or DJ and wiggle to the music.  When they dance, it is an art form and a pleasure to watch.  Many has been the times that I have watched them and wished that I had that talent.  I’m sure others have been inspired by them to actually learn to dance.  Many of us have had the pleasure of eating the wonderful creations that Tara Bennett has cooked.  I made a cake once for Cathie’s birthday that looked like it was part of a Dr. Seuss illustration.  I just don’t have that talent but others I’m sure have been inspired by Tara and other chefs like her.

So here is what I’m saying.  It’s pretty easy to tell someone to go out and try new things and discover a hidden talent.  But it is so much better to inspire someone to find their hidden talent.  If you are good at something, it follows that you will be a part of a group in which others may not be as good but are interested in that something.  You might just be their inspiration to discover their hidden talent.

But don’t be disappointed if you don’t happen to have the talent for something.  Your talent lies somewhere else.  If you are interested, get involved and see if you have a particular talent.  And more importantly, get involved if you have a talent for something.  You never know who may be watching and being inspired by what you do.  You can help others find the very gift that God gave them.

God bless,