DayBreaks for 09/13/13 – The Music of Your Life
NOTE: Galen is on vacation this week. DayBreaks this week are from the archives, September 2003:
Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (NIV)
Perhaps you have seen the movie, Mister Holland’s Opus. It has been out for a number of years now, but it still evokes a strong emotional response in me each time I see it. In the movie, Richard Dreyfus plays a music teacher by the name of Mr. Holland. He teaches music in a school where funds are drying up and the music program has always played second fiddle to more popular programs such as sports. He is a good teacher, inspiring his students to achieve things they didn’t think they could achieve. But deep inside, he longs and dreams to be a composer. He spends years of his life working on a symphony, but the rigors of teaching capture his time and the symphony makes slow, excruciating progress, but is never played.
Finally, after many years, it is time for Mr. Holland to retire. He feels that his life has been a failure – he never achieved the great things that he hoped to achieve. On his last day at the school, he is surprised by a gathering in the school auditorium of the students that he had taught over the years, those whom he had inspired. The auditorium is full, many of his students sit on the stage with their instruments, and the surprise is total and complete. He is escorted to the front of the auditorium where he sits down to listen to the state governor, one of his former students, as she addresses the crowd and Mr. Holland.
In her remarks, she acknowledges that she knows Mr. Holland feels his life is incomplete, that perhaps, he even feels it was a failure because of the fact he’d never achieved the status of composer and had the privilege of hearing his American symphony performed. Then she suggests that such an interpretation would be very, very wrong, and extending her arms toward the gathered crowd, states “We are the notes, the music of your life.” She encourages Mr. Holland to come forward and direct, for the very first time, the playing of his “American Symphony”. The orchestra assembled on the stage plays Mr. Holland’s composition and tears fill the eyes of those in the movie – and those watching it.
It is a moving story. All those years, Mr. Holland had an “American Symphony” inside of him. Finally, it was out.
The parallel for us is that we have something in us much more beautiful and important than an “American Symphony”. God has placed within each of His children not an “American Symphony” but an “Eternal Symphony”. He has given and entrusted to us the ability to change eternity. What are you doing with the symphony that is within you? Will you let it change eternity for those you meet?
PRAYER: Lord, we don’t have it within us to make beautiful music with our own lives, but You can make everything beautiful in its time, including our lives. Let us live in faith that You are doing just that! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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