Easter - 2018

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Serve the Song, the Story, the Life

George Clooney said about his Aunt, Rosemary, "She serves a song better than anyone I have ever seen, At some point in her career she learned she didn't have to show off, but could just serve the song. That's what she does. She serves the song and the audience receives the blessing of seeing the service...she would take your breath away." To see the interview - click George and Rosemary

You can always tell the masters from those just trying to be a master. There are several in music that come to my mind, Sandi Patti, George Strait, Rosemary Clooney....all masters and the list could go on. It is amazing how a duet between one of the masters and one of those trying to be a master reveals the truth of pure talent. There is a scene in the movie of "Hello, Dolly!" that has a duet between Barbara Streisand and Louis Armstrong. This is a perfect scene of two masters. The entire movie is worth seeing just to experience the two minute duet between the two of them.

I want to be known as a person that serves a song, a story, and a life. I don't want to try to be a master, but to be a master. The difference is in the heart. A person trying to be a master is using talent to drive ambition, yet the master allows the ambition to rest and lets the talent shine forth. The talent is the God given gift that reflects the creative spirit of a generous God. Even if the person is not willing to recognize that God.

A Christ-follower allows the "mastery" of the God given gift to be guided, nurtured, and molded by the Holy Spirit. That is why we can not only be servants of the song, but of our story, and our life. We serve in humility so that He can make us into a great song, great story, and great life. It is the submission that is so difficult. 1 Corinthians 12:4 states, "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit." Thus, we make it our goal and we strive for His direction. He is willing and able to guide us through His Spirit. It is also so very worth it.

"Lord, peal all away that which keeps me from being a master of the gifts that you have given me. Help me to relax and serve the gift with truisms of life and not the ambitious things I make it. You are my God and I bow to your direction in all that I am. You are also my master, so train me as you see fit. I ask for this through the power and wisdom of Jesus. Amen."

Serving together, you know I love ya - Don


Faith Jackson said...

Wow! These are some great thoughts, and I appreciate the shared wisdom. From where I see things, you are a master in a couple of areas: meeting people where they are and taking them to Jesus (like Andrew), total integrity (being exactly who you say you are). Your musical and leadership talents are always used in service for God and His kingdom. Praise the Lord! (And thanks for your friendship!)

Don Crane said...

I needed to hear that today. God's is so good thank you for being so supportive. Faith, you are another person I have seen that serves the song...you know I love ya, Don

Emeila said...

I am not sure if this is relevent, however, when I became ill and lost everything in my eyes (ability to drive and work) What do I do now God?

I prayed and one day at Church "people whom are ill and can not leave the house pray" the pastor said.

I became a prayer warrior as they would call me.God bless you and I enjoy reading your blogs:)