Daily Devotional for February 9, 2021

Sam has been a wonderful addition to our staff.  He is an accompanist in both worship services and our facilities manager.  That is an incredibly unique combination.

This past Sunday was Sam’s birthday.  He turned thirty years old.  And because this was such a huge milestone, I decided to lead our children in singing Happy Birthday to Sam at the first worship service.  As my singing voice rang out through the speakers, I was hugely impressed with how good I sounded.  I could tell Sam was very moved.

Then, yesterday, as I walked into Dennis Hall, Lucia said, “I heard you sing yesterday.  You have a terrible singing voice.”  I was hurt.

Then I remembered Sam thanking me for not singing Happy Birthday in the second worship service.  He also made a painful remark about my singing.  I was hurt.

Could I have been wrong?  Is my singing really that bad?

To answer this especially important question, I viewed the recording of the first service.  That’s when I discovered that someone had dubbed over my breathtaking singing with the voice of a Muppet with a head cold.

Sadly, I have come to the conclusion that singing isn’t my gift.  But that’s okay, I’ve got others.  So do you.

God created you for a special purpose.  There is no one else exactly like you.  And you have gifts that are unique to the reason God made you.

Will you be good at everything?  Nope.  But you will be good at some things.  That’s what God wants to use.

This is exactly what David meant by saying, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”  (Psalm 139:14)

So, know that God made you, God loves you, and you have a reason for being.  It’s a good deal.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, today, I offer myself to you without reservation, hesitation, or procrastination.  Please use me for your purpose.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Use your gift and be blessed.

Also, just for the record, the Bible doesn’t say, “Only sing if you have a good voice.”  The Bible says, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord.”  (Psalm 100:1)

My voice may not be pretty but it is joyful.  I’m good with that.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins