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T.O.D.A.Y.

T.O.D.A.Y. Could Be a Symphony

She was in a dangerous part of the country. Somewhere in South America. Poor drug addicted kids surrounded the car peering in for whatever they could steal. Seeing her and her violin on the back seat, they gave a knowing glance. It was a visceral reaction really. She was 12 and just jumped out and started to play it. For them. The boys who had nothing. At first, they threatened her, but she just kept playing. Louder and louder until they realized it was beautiful and it was for them. One by one they sat on the pavement and heard the symphony playing — just for them. When it was done, the mother found a music school not far from where the spontaneous symphony occurred. These boys who had nothing but drugs and the street had a moment of unconditional love as that little girl played for them. It changed something in her. Giving someone hope. It lit her up! When a friend of mine told me that story about her daughter, it lit me up. Made me want to go and change the world. Today, I wrote the word down on a piece of paper and asked myself, why do I wait? Sit there looking out the window toward some random tomorrow when it’s time to act? And then it came to me as I stared at the letters in the word. T.O.D.A.Y. — Tear Open Dreams Avoided Yesterday! We have so much in us to give but we devalue it somehow. We think it needs to be packaged a certain way or want it to bring us glory rather than bring comfort or peace or love to the person hurting in our midst. Or we think it’s not good enough to offer the world or not as good as someone else’s talent. Until we look at a little girl with a violin and see that we can give whatever we have at the moment the need arises without waiting for perfection or a formula or approval. Solomon said it this way: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Prov. 13:12. How’s your heart? Give it life! T.O.D.A.Y.

Posted: 21 May 2008