Okay, let me say I'm sorry. I don't want to go on and on about Friday night's Chris Tomlin concert, but I have just a couple more things to share, and then I'll be done with this topic! I promise!
For the first time EVER that I know of, an artist did a callout to those in the audience who canNOT sing!! Halleluia! Raise the roof! We bad singers are never appreciated! I've actually been told to sing tenor - ten or twenty feet away. Yes, it's true. And I was really asked to sing solo once - so low you can't hear me. I love to sing, and I do sing my heart out - in the shower - in the car. I sing all day long (as long as no one is around to hear me). Should my husband walk in the room, he'll say softly out of the corner of his mouth, "Don't sing." Having the rest of my family be so talented musically makes me even more aware of my lack of singing abilities. But let me say this - nowhere in the Bible does it speak about singing on key. Singing is not included in any of the lists of spiritual gifts. In fact, musical talent is barely referred to at all. What the Bible does say is "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord." Now, those who have the misfortune of standing next to me in church may not be joyful hearing my "noise", but my heart is filled with joy when I praise the Lord, and I think He appreciates that! So, let's all make a joyful noise!! Can I hear an "Amen"?
The other thing I wanted to mention is this. I was seated in front of a "old" friend of mine. Not that she's old, just that our friendship has lasted nearly 30 years. We don't see each other much, but when we do, it's just like no time has passed. I love that! Anyway, she was at the concert with her daughter, her son-in-law and his mother, who I met for the first time. She was from Kentucky and said that she was amazed to see so many Christians at the concert. She didn't think there were that many Christians in all of New Jersey. Sure not like Kentucky! I responded that there are just so many more people in this area in general. Because there are so few Christians compared to the population, it is all the more important to let our light shine. In my last post, I shared about the single light bulb and how it illuminated the darkness. The very nature of light extinguishes the darkness. So just think if more and more and more light bulbs were added to that one. What an impact it would make. Friends, let us let our lights shine brightly. Let our good works glorify our Father in heaven. Let us make known His name among the people. Let us not hide our light under a bushel. When light is present, darkness cannot exist. So let us shine His light in us for the world to see.