Nearly every student who plays a musical instrument will face the inevitable..the recital.
Resplendently dressed, the students introduce themselves to the audience of teachers and parents and nervously announce their musical selection. After a few awkward seconds of positioning their instrument, the music begins. In a few minutes, applause, and it is over...until the next recital!
I have felt the nervousness and anxiety, as a performer and parent. The recital is a collective effort, one that will be repeated many times. And the purpose? Hopefully the student will progress and be thankful to their parents and teachers who reached out and encouraged them.
Our life on this earth is a recital, a preparation for the afterlife. We are the performers and the only audience member that matters is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Throughout our life, God will reach out to us through events, through relationships, through every possible means to know that He is caring for us and loves us with a perfect and limitless love.
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety- nine just persons who need no repentance.
The most important task we must perform at this recital of life is to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. And if we do so in this life, we will be greeted with His loving embrace the moment we pass from this life into eternity. It is then we will experience the applause and joy that occurred in heaven, the moment we repented from our sins and accepted Jesus into our life.
But we only have one chance, while we live in this life. There are no further rehearsals or recitals once we die.
Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.