Just a down beat and a string.

You know, we all have different passions, right? I think we can agree with that. I enjoy this, you enjoy that, and Joe down the road is way better at welding than I ever will be.

My passion is music. God has given me a desire and a drive to pursue music, but to also pursue Him through the music I am after. When I play my guitar in my room, in a coffee shop, in church on Sunday, I do it as an offering to God and I hope to glorify Him through it.

As a teenager, one of my favorite bands was Bleach. They may or may not still be around, I’m not sure. I went to a concert back in the early 2000′s and haven’t really heard much news since. They had a song called “All That’s Sweet”, and one of the lines went like this:

“And here is my offering, just a down beat and a string, but to you it’s a beautiful thing.”

I’ve never thought of myself as someone who is really great at anything. It’s something that has always bothered me, and it’s prevented me from truly pursuing an occupation or hobby with excellence. It’s these lyrics, however, that ring so true and encourage me when I revisit them from time to time. On my own I feel as if I’m just a person who just happens to enjoy music. It’s true though, that i dedicate my passion of music to God as my offering, and I need to remember that when I do that, it becomes a beautiful thing to God, more than “just a downbeat and a string”. When we participate in the things we enjoy for the glory of God, it pleases him, even if in the moment it seems so simple and small to us.

The Bible says “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God”(Ephesians 5:2ESV), meaning we are to sacrifice our ways and desires to God, just as Christ did, presenting ourselves and our passions as a “fragrant offering”. Everything Jesus did was for the glory of God the Father and expansion of the kingdom. Likewise, our passions, our gifts, and our activities day to day should be in line with that also.

I am constantly getting tripped up with evaluating myself by human standard, and we all do it. How much money do we make? How big is our home? Do we have a nice car? Why am I not writings songs that “sell”? Why can’t I ever seem to be as good as the next guy? Is my ministry really being effective? The list goes on, and on, and on…

There’s so many questions we can ask ourselves that will instantly give us the mindset of “just a down beat and a string”. Don’t let that happen! Present all you do as an offering to God, commit your passions to Him and your desires, and allow Him to be pleased by your works.

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