He was born in Budapest. He could identify symphonies at 3 years old, could play the violin at 4 and at just 5 years old, he became the youngest pupil in the history of the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest. He performed in major concerts when 7 and at 10 years old he was performing for the Austria-Hungary royal family. He gained a Master’s Degree at 14. He moved to America when he was 22 years old. He became conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra and then its musical director for 44 years. (1936-80)
In 1970, Eugene Ormandy cried as he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award in the United States)
“for bringing to each performance
something more precious than his great gifts
– HIMSELF –
and the rich experiences of his life.”
“Giving himself” was an apt description as he poured himself into the music, giving the “Philadelphia sound” a definite distinctive.
At one performance, while pouring himself into the work, he dislocated his shoulder.
Dare I ask,
Did I ever dislocate anything in my service for Christ, who GAVE HIMSELF and HIS ALL for me?
Did I ever give so much of myself that I was completely lost in His cause?
If we are ‘born of the Spirit’ we should be ABLAZE for God.
We should have a LOVE that GLOWS.
We should believe with a FAITH that KINDLES.
We should SERVE with a DEVOTION that CONSUMES.
We should REJOICE with a JOY that RADIATES.
We should HATE SIN with a FIERCENESS that BURNS.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren,
BE STEADFAST, UNMOVEABLE,
ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD,
for you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God,
which is your reasonable service.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You are not your own, for you have been bought with a price.
Therefore, glorify God.
Words from Mr Anon:
# If one tenth of what you believe is true, you ought to be ten times as excited as you are!
# A zealous Saviour should have zealous disciples.
# One live coal can set a whole stack on fire, but one who has no fire in himself cannot ignite others.
# Enthusiasm makes ordinary people extraordinary.
And one from Jim Elliot, missionary killed by Auca Indians:
Am I ignitable?
God deliver me from the dread asbestos of ‘other things’
Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit, that I may be a FLAME!
Let me burn out for Thee, dear Lord, Burn and wear out for Thee.
Don’t let me rust, or my life be a failure, Dear Lord to Thee.
Take me and all I have, dear Lord, And get me so close to Thee
That I feel the throb of the deep heart of God
Until I burn out for Thee.