In an orchestra, you have lots of musicians coming together to perform a certain piece of music. Not only are there many types of instruments included in an orchestral ensemble, but each instrument is represented by several musicians. Though it may initially seem excessive to have so many violins or so many trombones, etc., each one is absolutely necessary and without any one of them, the sound would not be as full or as complete.
Just like that orchestra, you are absolutely needed in this ensemble of life. Without you, your work and your story, our lives would not be as full or as complete. The people around you would not know what to do without you. Their lives would not be complete without you. Your smile hits the high notes in the songs. Your tears and heartaches teach us something and resonate with us on the low notes. Your life and the cadence to which you live it, plays out before us in a form of art that is completely unique to you.
If you are beginning this new year hopeful for what it holds then I applaud you and cheer you on. Keep at it! If, however, you are questioning the usefulness of your cymbals when you believe that the tympani drums have more of an impact, I implore you to hang on tight to your cymbals. Only you can play them the way that you do.
At the beginning of Hebrews !2, we are encouraged to “… run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” When we take our eyes off Jesus, we begin to run outside of our lane. We drift and get off track. We begin to want what others around us have. We even look at what we have and believe that it’s not enough. We may see another persons instrument or hear their solo and think that no one would notice if our own instrument ceased to play. What we don’t know, though, is what the next song will be. We don’t know which concerto will be next or how absolutely imperative our place in it will be.
Don’t give up, friends. You are a beautiful piece of art. A masterpiece, even.