A famous musician of an earlier time was an accomplished pianist and violinist at the age of five. During his fifth year he composed a masterpiece. When he died at the age of 35 he was one of the most prodigious composers of his time and in all of history. One of his statements on the value of practice and study may help you in whatever field the Lord has led you.
“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.”
Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart).
In today’s world we have the wonder of the information superhighway. What used to take months to gather data for a research paper, or serious sermon, is now is available at the click of a mouse. Yet, many do not take advantage of this modern wonder. Note this phrase form Mozart with special attention:
“There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.”
My sister, Vera, taught me to read prior to my entering the first grade. I have remained an avid reader my entire life. I plan on continuing this practice. It worked for the genius Mozart, and for many of the men and women along my life path who encouraged me to read the works of the best in any line of calling. I don’t feel that I have amounted to all that much, but I am farther along than I would have been had I chosen the path of the Couch Potato.
Note one other thing about Mozart:
“I know myself, and I have such a sense of religion that I shall never do anything which I would not do before the whole world; but I am alarmed at the very thoughts of being in the society of people, during my journey, whose mode of thinking is so entirely different from mine (and from that of all good people). But of course they must do as they please. I have no heart to travel with them, nor could I enjoy one pleasant hour, nor know what to talk about; for, in short, I have no great confidence in them. Friends who have no religion cannot be long our friends.”
My first pastor, Dr. Allen Dickerson and later Dr. Tom Wallace, taught me the value of being alone rather than in “bad company.” It was and is good advice. I am certain Jesus and Paul spoke on this very thing.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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"It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion." Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart