You’ve been given a unique song to play. If you find your song, you’ll hear a sweet medley of gifts playing out.
When you know the song you’re supposed to play and you do so with grace, nothing sounds sweeter to those around you.
What it boils down to is this: you can either spend your life looking for your song, or rocking it out.
Find your song that’s built to last a lifetime
In a recent interview with NPR, Keith Richards, the famed guitarist of the Rolling Stones, was discussing his part in their song “Street Fighting Man.” Speaking of the riffs in that song as well as other famous Stones tunes, he said something incredibly insightful.
“They’re always interesting to play. You’re not playing the same thing ever with songs like that…These riffs were built to last a lifetime, and I’m still working on them…”
When I heard him say that, all I could think was here’s a guy who knows his life’s work and he’s still excited about doing it after all these years. He’s living out his life’s work with all kinds of passion.
Instead of moaning over playing these songs after who knows how many hundreds of times, he continues to approach them with as if playing them for the first time.
Can you think of anything in your life you share the same passion about?
Is there anything that so envelops you that you could spend the rest of your life tweaking, crafting and shaping it to perfection?
Then go after it
If you know the answer to those questions, it’s time you go after it. It’s time you build your life’s work and get after it day after day.
God gifted you with a song. And He’ll give you everything you need to play it.
But you have to get some skin in the game.
You have to put yourself out there even if it means you might publicly fail.
What this looked like for me
My writing is definitely one of my songs that’s built to last a lifetime.
Playing with words, tweaking a sentence, editing a paragraph one more time, finding just the right way to say something. These are the things I could still be working on 50 years from now.
But I didn’t always know that.
I used to wonder, and even be pretty convinced that was the case. But I didn’t put myself out there and start this blog until December of 2010.
I worried what people would think. I thought I might fail, that I might not be able to keep up the inspiration or discipline to post frequently enough to get anyone to read.
But I kept going. And I still am.
The reason is simple: when I write, I can hear my song.
So can God.
And it’s a beautiful sound to behold.
What’s your riff that will last a lifetime?
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