Go ahead and play this video as you read.
Seeing these musicians cooperate to produce such amazing results triggered a few thoughts in me. As if I was listening to a Coach, these admonitions poured into my mind. I typed them out before the nine minute video ended. Here's what came to me...
- Learn your part. If you don’t know what’s going on - if you don’t grasp what you can do to add value and make a contribution - you’re likely to add nothing ... or confusion and noise. Get serious. Know your role and hone your skills so you can actually do what you know you should do.
- Play your part. Others will play theirs … or they won’t. Either way, you can only do what you can do, and as you do, your example will encourage others to do the same.
- Keep the beat. Stay with the others. Don’t rush ahead or lag behind. What good does it do to rush off without the others? How do you help by lagging behind? Pay attention and keep pace.
- Life isn’t always exciting, nor is it unending, pedantic, predictable routine. Deliver what’s needed when it's needed. Read the moment and respond to it.
- Finish well. Doesn’t it make sense to live well and die well? When you’re finished playing your part, someone ought to sit up and take notice that you played with such passion and skill. Someone should see that you added value and did your best. Someone, even if that “Someone” is God Almighty, ought to be able to say, “Wow. Well done.”
Your life on earth is short and no one can live your life for you.
Get on with it.
Matthew 25:20-21 - “The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’”
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”