“May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung.”
You have a song to sing. In fact, you probably have a playlist.
Sing your songs.
Instead of feeling like a caged bird during this pandemic, sing away.
Be filled with gratitude because you are alive, living to see another day. Many cannot say that this day.
Be present to the gifts in your midst and at a distance. They may not be here tomorrow.
It is time to use your talents to change the world. No more excuses, no more reasons not to- now is the time.
In a recent Facebook Live presentation, I asked the question, “What if there were no Beatles?”
What if one of the Fab Four was not courageous enough to play their instrument, to sing on stage, to write their songs? What if?
Their influence is still felt to this day- what if they never lived? How different our world would be because they did not chase their dreams.
Now just imagine how much we are deprived of because of so many who settled, so many who had reasonable excuses, so many who never owned and accepted their true identity and purpose.
No matter your age, your situation, your excuses- this is the time to sing your song.
The world needs you to be brave, to trust in yourself, to pursue your dreams. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that our lives are fragile.
So ask yourself- if not now, when?
And if you don’t know where to start, might I recommend looking.
Look around- see all the suffering, the mourning. See the injustice, the hurt, the wounds.
Be, as Henri Nouwen poetically called it, a wounded healer.
Heal by serving. Use whatever you have to lift up the spirit of neighbors and strangers alike- even from a distance.
It is time to answer prayers.
If we are fortunate to survive this pandemic, let’s not just look back at it with stories of lysol wipes and empty stadiums. Let’s not just mourn the losses and point fingers.
Let’s change the world.
Look at the gaps, and begin to fill it. See and listen. Learn and grow. Ask God to guide you, and then sing.
The Beatles sang, and one of those lyrics went like this:
“And when the brokenhearted people / Living in the world agree / There will be an answer, let it be”
We are united as brokenhearted people. Much of this we must let be, but there is another answer- and it lives within you.
This is, as Joseph Campbell called it, your hero’s journey!
Take hold of your life, answer prayers for those in need by singing the song that you were always meant to share with the world.
We are all waiting…
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