I keep my eyes open for guitars for a program I have some ties to a program called, “Guitars for Vets.” But this post isn’t really about that. A few weeks ago I found a used guitar online. The brand was one I know pretty well and enjoy playing. It is a well known company. The owner did say in had a “small” crack in the neck. I looked at the pictures and it did appear to be a small crack and the price was only $20 so I bought it. It was not a small crack in the neck. The only thing keeping the neck on the guitar was the fret board. Had I tightened the strings, it likely would have snapped the neck.
I don’t intend this to be an instructional post. If people want it I may make a separate post for that purpose. Let me know in the comments below.
Basically I took a guitar that was still pretty on the outside and gave the inside new life. As a whole it has a new life and purpose. It used to make music but now it is a decorative light fixture, clock, and small stereo. It still makes music as before.
God does the same thing for us.
As Jesus walked along the Sea of Galilee he encountered four fishermen, James and John, Simon and Andrew. Jesus told them to come and follow him and they would fish for people. Jesus repurposed their lives.
Cindy loves the old television show MASH. We have all the series on DVD and watch it sometimes. On the show Major Winchester is a lover of classical music. A patient comes to the hospital with a wounded leg and hand. The hand is too severely damaged. There was nothing to be done. Winchester did, however, save the soldier’s leg.
The soldier wasn’t happy that he had lost the hand. The leg was not important, the hand was important. As a result the soldier went into a deep depression.
In the end, Winchester obtained some music that was written for people with the use of only one hand. Winchester goes on to explain that the music was for his joy. But he also had a gift. The soldier interrupted him, and placing the emphasis on had a gift, now it was gone.
Winchester continues. He tells the soldier that the gift wasn’t in his hands, it was in his heart. Now he had to find other way of expressing it as a conductor, teacher, composer, or others. He then says, “The gift cannot be silenced if you do not let it be silent.
Winchester, I should probably say God through Winchester, is trying to re-purpose the soldier. The idea took a concert pianist and make him something new to the world of music.
For people like you and me, God takes what we have and gives us new life in service to both God and neighbor. God re-purposes us and in so doing, if we let God re-purpose us, God will change the world.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Seeking the Genuine,
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