This week I read about what Edith Schaeffer had to say about letting your music or creative side loose.
She said, "Stifling or squashing a natural expression detracts from one's personality.".
I've seen this first hand in my own life. I like music and I like to play the piano. I know that my piano playing isn't the best. My husband has a better ear for tune than I do so it's been hard for me to play in his presence because of the criticism I know he will often give. (Sometimes I need it.) So for a while I refused to play at all thinking I wasn't good enough to play the piano that sat in my home. I realized I was making myself miserable, so now I often play when I know that criticism won't be forthcoming. Sometimes I have played when he is listening and when Jeff has said it sounded good or he came to sing with the hymns I was playing I found it encouraging. When I can sit down and play for fun, to relax, or help vent some frustration I am no longer stifled.
I'm also teaching Kent and Katy to play the piano and I enjoy hearing them when they realize that something they thought was hard is no longer hard for them. Jeff likes to play the guitar and we sing praises to God as a family. I enjoy listening to his practicing as well, knowing that he is enjoying the talent God has given him.
"Whether in music, or other things, one never knows what surprisingly satisfying things God has in His plan for the developed talent which is literally 'given' to Him to use or lay aside."
Is God using the music talent he has given me to serve him?
The Psalmist used the talent God gave him in penning the words of Psalm 45. Psalm 45:1 says, "My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer."
I'm linking up with:
These Five of Mine (plus two)
The Modest Mom