God works through us
Some of my songs take relatively little time to write. Others begin with a flourish of inspiration, but then annoying shortcomings emerge and wonít let go, even though they may be minor. Most creators want their work to withstand the test of time, after all. I thought that this song was completed, but even years later, it seemed to beg for revisions. For instance, the third note never seemed to be right, so I changed that note so that the melody would first go upwards but then come right back again. That seems to highlight what happens as God is working through us - we take some enthusiastic steps forward, but then a disappointed step backwards. Our hope is that in the end, we are further ahead as we seek the peace and new life that can follow from applying oneís faith. We have been given the building blocks for that new life; now our challenge is to add to that foundation. Worrying that our efforts arenít perfect the first time around isn't helpful - our sense of perfection only seems to last until we hear what others think of what we've done! No wonder Christ suggested that we leave the perfect in God's hands. In song, we have a reminder that so much of what needs to be done is only possible with the help of others. A song becomes just a scrap of paper if it is never sung by another. So let the life we build be a song of harmony, not discord. And building new life will take work; the courage to reassess what has been done; and the willingness to keep on singing.