That’s Just The Way God Made You

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Psalms 139:13, 14a, 15

Outwardly, you may be a banker, a seamstress, a maintenance man, a math teacher or one who fills countless other jobs.  In my teenage days, I was a yardman (well, actually a kid who convinced the neighbors to pay me to mow their yards) and then a pretty good salesman in the men’s clothing department at the local department store.  Ultimately, from my college days on, I ended up helping singers and musicians sell recordings and concert tickets.  In other words, I was always a sales guy—and I still am. 

Your line of work has probably had many changes along the journey of life as well.  Right now, music may not be your profession, but you will always be a musician.  That’s just the way you were made.

My Mother was a very talented pianist and loved to play for an audience.  My Dad was a high school teacher who became a university professor with a Ph.D.—in other words, he was a teacher for his entire adult life. 

After retiring from the university, my Mom and Dad would create and perform “programs” in nursing homes around town every week.  After doing that for many years, I asked my Dad, “Why do you do that?”  His response was eye-opening, “Your Mother is a musician who needs a place to play, and I’m a teacher who needs a place to teach.  Besides, someone has to take care of the old people!”

At seventy-five years of age, neither of them had a “job” that allowed them to exercise those gifts and callings, but they still found a place to serve—a place to use what God had placed in them to impact those around them.  I didn’t understand their passion at the time, but now that I’m almost that age, my Dad’s words make a lot more sense.

I am a salesman who has a life-changing “product” to tell you about.  Writing and speaking about the goodness of God (Exodus 33:19, Romans 2:4) and reminding you to pour His Word into your heart every day fulfills my purpose and calling (Colossians 1:27-29).  Like Simon Peter, I must write down these things so they will live far beyond my days on this earth (2 Peter 1:5-15).

So, what are you doing with the gift, talent, and calling that God placed in you from the very beginning of your days?  Whether you are at the top of the radio charts, playing second violin in the annual Easter pageant at church, or teaching the kids at Vacation Bible School to sing “Father Abraham,” you are a musician.  Those around you need to hear what God wants to sing and play through you.  Don’t hold anything back.  The “melody” inside you just might be the very thing they need to hear.