| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
With All of Your Heart
The conductor stopped us for what seemed like the thousandth time. The concert was just a few days away, but our performance was still far from perfect. “Let’s try it again,” he said over and over, and each time his
dissatisfaction was evident by the look on his face. In frustration he put his baton down and then looked at us row by row and said these few words that have lasted a lifetime, “Even if you get all the notes all right,” he said, “if you don’t put your heart and soul into it…it will never ever be music.”
I am not sure we fully understood then, but with time and experience those words have become increasingly profound. Living a successful life is a worthy goal and there is much to be said for those of us who fulfill our obligations and responsibilities, but when God calls our name and we respond to His call,everything seems to change. When the heart and soul are engaged in response to God’s call, amazing things happen as we move beyond merely “playing the notes” to discovering the symphony of God’s calling.
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” MidAmerica Nazarene University seeks to be a place where students are encouraged to pursue God’s purpose for their lives and engage their hearts, souls and hands in passionate service to Christ and others.
John Newton, author of the words to “Amazing Grace,” wrote this message to encourage his friend William Wilberforce who was a fierce opponent of slavery, “See to it with steadfast determination, and unfaltering zeal, that you pursue the great purpose of your life and the object of your being until at last you can say, ‘I have finished the work, which Thou gave me to do.’”
At MNU, we challenge our students to pursue God’s calling—the music of the soul—and with hearts burning with passion to go wherever He leads them to share the hope and love of Christ in their world.