Last week I shared a recipe that I hope you enjoyed. This week I would like to go back to some food for thought. Many years ago I read a quote that said “the only place in life that you can start at the top is digging a hole.” I have pondered on this for some time and these are the conclusions that I have come to.
I don’t believe that there is a top. I think that all of us have this lofty place in mind that we believe we will reach one day. Picturing ourselves attaining that goal of finally making it, with everything we have ever dreamed of dropped right in our laps never having to work for anything again.
I believe that we all start at the bottom coming into this world as helpless sweet innocent babies completely and totally dependent on our parents to care for our every need. As we grow, develop and learn we inch our way up higher and higher. Some might be faster than others and some might even trip and fall backwards, but the important thing is to stick with it and keep moving up always progressing for the rest of our lives. I do believe along the way God blesses us with amazing things but no matter how good things are they can always improve. If there were a top, we could not continue to progress higher and higher which is what God wants for us.
I have had many experiences over the years some have brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined and others have been heart wrenchingly difficult. I believe that every one of them has been a contributing factor in my progression to work my way closer to what God wants me to be.
The important thing I think is to not let ourselves get discouraged or overwhelmed when things aren’t going exactly like we thought they should. We all just need to start wherever we are at in that moment of life and look at what the next step is. At some points we might move forward in leaps and bounds and others we may have to inch our way a little at a time. Success lies in just taking the next step over and over continually progressing to greater and greater heights until we ourselves are soaring and reach a point where we are ready to help others progress on their journey! I believe our lives are much like this little story.
The Piano Master
A mother wishing to encourage her son’s progress at the piano, bought tickets to a Paderewski performance. When the evening arrived, they found their seats near the front of the concert hall and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on the stage. Soon the mother found a friend to talk to, and the boy slipped away. At eight o’clock, the lights in the auditorium began to dim, the spotlight came on, and only then did they notice the boy up on the piano bench, innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” His mother gasped, but before she could retrieve her son, the master appeared on the stage and quickly moved to the keyboard. He whispered to the boy, “don’t quit. Keep playing. “Leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the other side and improvised a delightful obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized. In our lives, unpolished though we may be, it is the Master who surrounds us and whispers in our ear time and time again, “Don’t quit. Keep playing.” And as we do, He augments and supplements until a work of amazing beauty is created.
So I say don’t quit just keep on playing and of course!