"Since we sing to encourage and praise, not to impress and earn praise, we can smile about that and sing anyways" Sing, p.4
I had a friend in college who was 2 years younger than me. When he joined the choir his freshmen year we were really excited to have him: he was nice guy, told a lot of jokes, and had a personality that made you feel very comfortable. There was just one problem: he couldn't sing! He had a really hard time matching pitch. In addition to that, he was so passionate about music and bringing joy to others through that, he wanted to major in music! As you can imagine, that caused a lot of concern among the students. But he worked hard, harder than anybody else. He spent hours in the practice room, countless voice lessons, and listened very intently to try and perfect his craft. Well, fast forward four years later and guess what? He had a senior voice recital, an hour of him singing songs...and he sounded GREAT! We became friends while in school and even were roommates for a year.
I resonated with this chapter of the book, especially when the Gettys wrote about how God designed us to sing His praises. It truly doesn't matter 'how' we sound but that we indeed "sound"! And when we focus on WHY we sing, "to encourage and praise", then the 'how' we sound doesn't matter as much. Not to say we shouldn't work on the gift God has given us...that would be good stewardship ;-)
Question to Ponder: What are some ways you use singing to encourage and praise?