Making the world more beautiful

I was graced with the opportunity of seeing the concert pianist Lang Lang this afternoon. He was performing downtown and someone graciously offered a ticket to go and so off I went.

As I sat there listening the music of Beethoven, words really can't described how beautiful it was. Simply amazing. The really cool part for me though was watching Lang Lang play. This young man seems to be transported somewhere else within himself as he plays. He sits there in his sharp, black tailored suit, and listens to the orchestra, not just with his ears, waiting for his cue to enter, but with his whole body, seemingly lost in the beauty of the banquet of sound.

He plays so lightly with his hands, the music notes pour out from his fingertips as he closes his eyes and plays from his heart. That playing makes everyone else's world a little more beautiful. It sure made my afternoon more beautiful as I sat there absorbed in the talent that God gave him.

You know, I think we are all like that. Whenever we allow the gifts that God gave us shine, we make everyone else's world more beautiful. It doesn't help anyone to hide our gifts or to think that they are unimportant, who are we to judge that? God gives what he gives, that's His business, all we are to do is allow them to grow in order to let the beauty of God shine through them. We may never be internationally known concert pianists but that is unimportant. We all have gifts from God, gifts that will heal the world if we allow them to.

Some people have the gift of intelligence and organization. Some people have social gifts and generous hearts- the list in infinite because God is infinite. But whatever the gifts are, we must let them out and allow God to shine in us- allow His love to heal the world. He will do this, if we let Him.

What's your gift? Let it shine! It makes everyone's world more beautiful.

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