A piano can send forth beautiful, harmonious melodies when played by an accomplished pianist.
I love piano music and have ‘just piano’ CDs playing while I work at my computer. I enjoy all musical instruments but the piano easily tops all others in my view. However, there are exceptions.
I was visiting a friend last week and a young toddler was banging on the piano keys, really enjoying herself . . . but there was nothing but a jarring, discordant noise which could easily drive to distraction.
What makes the difference between the music I love to listen to and the noise coming from my friend’s piano? Was it the piano?
True, the pianos used by the pianists on my CDs are probably much better than my friend’s piano, but is that what made the difference? Of course not!
The difference was in the person playing the piano.
A Christian can be like a piano.
We can have beautiful, harmonious lives, challenging others and uplifting others, WHEN we are CONTROLLED BY THE MASTER.
Alternatively, our lives can be DISCORDANT and even obnoxious when they are undisciplined and CONTROLLED BY SELF.
Who is in control of my life?
Does my life give forth beautiful and harmonious melodies,
or is there discordant, jangling noise?
Is my life a challenge and a stepping stone to faith in Christ,
or is it a stumbling block?
Do I need to awake out of sleep and redeem the time?
I am reminded of a once popular chorus:
“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace”
May our lives ring true
and sound out a message of hope, peace and love
to those who do not know Christ.