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Never allow response of others to determine your significance, beauty, worth

The below article is published from Its message struck me as profound and I believe it’s a wonderful reminder to anyone who needs a nudge about how important and valuable and purposeful their life is, especially given the rash of recent suicides in various school districts – including one in Wadsworth – in recent weeks. The read is worth your 5 minutes.    -Tina (volunteer for the WDFCC).

Maybe you’ve heard the name Joshua Bell.  If not, let me introduce you. Joshua Bell is a Grammy award winning violinist.

The man can play some violin.

Yet one of the things he’s most famous for is a stunt he pulled in 2007. On a cold January morning, Joshua Bell entered the Washington metro station in a baseball cap. Disguised as a street performer, the award winning violinist opened his case and began playing his heart out.

Nearly 1,100 people passed by him that morning. And only 27 stopped to listen to some of the most elegant music ever written…or played.

For 45 minutes, a Master violinist played masterpieces of beauty. The question on the table was, Would anyone recognize the elegance? Would anyone stop for the beauty?

Joshua Bell said, “It was a strange feeling, that people were actually, ah . . . ignoring me.”

{This is a man accustomed to a spellbound, enraptured audience!}

He went on to say, “When you play for ticket-holders, you are already validated. I have no sense that I need to be accepted. I’m already accepted. Here (in the metro), there was this thought: What if they don’t like me? What if they resent my presence . . .”

I’ll let you do a little snooping to find out what came about on that infamous January morning; just know that Mr. Bell left the metro station that morning with a mere $32 in his pocket. Just two days before, he’d played to a sold out theater in Boston where seats averaged $100 each.

The Joshua Bell stunt showed the world one thing: it is possible for an absolute Master to be ignored, overlooked, and undervalued.

But wait. That sounds familiar. That sounds like The Master Himself, Jesus.

If it happened to Jesus… If it happened to Joshua Bell… I can tell you with certainty it’ll happen to you. In some way, shape, or form, you will be ignored, overlooked, or undervalued.

That’s why you must never allow the response of others to determine your significance, beauty, or worth.

When you find yourself in the metro of life, playing your heart out to a crowd that doesn’t care or appreciate what you have to offer, remember your value comes from a source other than the opinions of others.

You can spend your entire life trying to win the approval of the ticket holders…

Or you can play your music wherever God places you and know you are beautiful… regardless of the response.

You need to decide now, today, which one it’s going to be. Because sure, there may be times when you are on stage in front of the crowd. But most of life is lived in the metro station.

You’ve got to know inside and out that you are a masterpiece. God’s workmanship. He has created you to exquisitely play to the glory of the King. He has crafted your life, painstakingly trained you, and is bringing glory to Himself on the instrument of your life.

You are already validated. You are already approved.

Anytime you doubt it, just remember Joshua Bell. And then play. Play.

Be it in a heels or a baseball cap. Be it wearing makeup or a burp cloth. Be it at 12 or 85.

Just Play. Exquisite and beautiful.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

**You can read the original Joshua Bell story on The Washington Post

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