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"Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore." Psalm 105:4

Thought: With a Whole Heart

The different moods music can convey never cease to amaze me. Music can be happy, woeful, eager, mournful, exhilarating--the list could go on. Each piece, when played with feeling and a full heart, conveys emotion and meaning.

Yet I have found that those same pieces can also sound like empty noise. There have been days when I've mechanically hit notes with my thoughts and mind a thousand miles away. At those times, my music lacks life--and I miss out on the joy of really playing.

In Ecclesiastes, the Bible urges us to do whatever we undertake with all our might. We're to play each moment--each task the Lord brings--with our whole heart as unto Him, rather than merely mechanically making it through the "notes" of life.

"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." Ecclesiastes 9:10

It's very easy to miss out on the joy of playing full heartedly--to fail to enter fully into whatever the Lord brings. Perhaps our minds begin to worry or fear about the future. Perhaps we begin to think about what people think rather than simply playing the music the Lord has given us. Perhaps we allow discontent with the "song" before us to creep in and waste the moments wishing we could play something else.

Life is too short to waste--let's not miss out on enjoying and playing with a full heart the music God has given us today.

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:17

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" Colossians 3:23

Story: Missing Out on the Music

Benjamin mechanically moved his bow across the strings, wondering if this song would ever end. He didn't want to be playing this slow background part. He wanted to join the group of violinists that had all the fun lines--or so it seemed to him. When would his turn come?

"Benjamin"--the conductor's words arrested Benjamin.

"Yes, sir," he hastened to reply.

"Benjamin, I know you want to play a different part," the conductor began. "But this is the part I have given you right now. You can choose to play it half-heartedly and be miserable, or you can choose to trust me and enjoy this music."

Benjamin looked at his conductor in surprise. He had forgotten that his conductor had assigned him this part. Now Benjamin's conductor was a masterful orchestrator--one who knew just how to arrange the instruments and the parts to the best effect. Benjamin remembered being upset about the part he'd been given many times before, yet looking back, he could see that the conductor had always known best.

Benjamin picked back up his bow, determined to play the part before him with all his heart, leaving the rest in his conductor's capable hands.

Homeschool Tip: Just Do Your Part

- Cris Loop

As I listened to a concert the other night, I was struck by the number of different sounds and by how well they blended. Each musician had a part and played it skillfully--so skillfully it sounded like one glorious instrument. It got me to thinking how wonderful it would be to be part of a group working toward one goal like this. And then it hit me--I am! I'm part of the body of Christ--a unique group of "instruments" all working together. I'm also part of a family unit that works together on a daily basis.

Could my family work together like this band? If each member of my family worked hard on doing his part from the Lord and on listening to and following Jesus, could we "sound" so wonderful? And if we could, how would we start?  

As I've been pondering how to work together as a family, I have realized that each of us has a choice to apply ourselves to the part the Lord has given us and to follow our conductor--Jesus. We are responsible for our part. Working together starts with each member of the family! Ultimately, it starts with me. As parents, we need to follow God's instructions and apply ourselves to the part God has given us. We cannot control what others do--or the outcome. We can only do what the Lord gives us to do, listening to Him and relying on His strength.

That's my tip for you this month--listen to God and do your part. Don't allow anything to get you distracted.

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Hymn/Poem: Day by Day the Manna Fell

- Words written by Josiah Conder in 1836. Despite losing his right eye as a boy, Josiah went on to become "a successful author, editor, and publisher." Listen to the song and read more about his life on NetHymnal.

Day by day the manna fell;
O to learn this lesson well!
Still by constant mercy fed,
Give me Lord, my daily bread.

"Day by day," the promise reads,
Daily strength for daily needs;
Cast foreboding fears away;
Take the manna of today.

Lord! my times are in Thy hand;
All my sanguine hopes have planned,
To Thy wisdom I resign,
And would make Thy purpose mine.

Thou my daily task shalt give;
Day by day to Thee I live;
So shall added years fulfill,
Not my own, my Father's will.

Fond ambition, whisper not;
Happy is my humble lot.
Anxious, busy cares away;
I'm provided for today.

Oh, to live exempt from care
By the energy of prayer:
Strong in faith, with mind subdued,
Yet elate with gratitude.

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