Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Who's Your Vocal Coach?

Col 3:14-17  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.   Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.   And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 

Every once in awhile, I like to watch one of the entertainment reality shows.  Last night, I watched a show called the Voice.  It was loaded with talent!  Each of the judges, besides judging, was also a coach for their own team of hopefuls.  That's very much like the reality of the music business.  Even if someone is a star, there are people still advising, etc. to make sure the star does the best job of grabbing the audience.  And the judge/coaches built up each hopeful in what they did well and did their best to strip them of the things that weren't going to work for them.  And that made me think of those verses in Colossians 

That comparison may seem odd, but isn't that very much like what we're supposed to do as Christians?  We coach the weak. We love and guide people. We tell people when things they're doing are not going to be successful.  So that they can showcase what is successful, Jesus in them.  We get to lovingly show them the songs in our hearts because of what He's done in, through and for us.  Because we want others to be blessed with the same joy He's given us.

And that also, for the most part, answers a question I've been asked a few times recently.  Why I write this.  As I said, the above is a good portion of it.  There's the hope that people are being edified and blessed by the things we discuss.  I've never paid much attention to the stats.  So, it could be mostly just me.  But that works, too.  It's been said that when God gives a preacher or writer a message, that it's first for him, then for his audience. And putting these thoughts into words certainly helps me understand my relationship with God and the things I believe He wants me to understand.  So, in a sense, these portions become my psalms and spiritual songs to Him.

Don't forget Jimmy and Betty.  And we still need to be praying for Curtis, Peggy, Joyce, and Libby.  And their families.  And, if you would, add Columbia.

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