Choose one chair...
The world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti recalled in an interview one day, "When I was a boy, my father, a baker, introduced me to the wonders of song. He urged me to work very hard to develop my voice. Arrigo Pola, a professional tenor in my hometown, took me on as a student. I also enrolled in a teacher’s college. As graduation was nearing I asked my father, ‘Should I be a teacher or a singer?’
"‘Luciano,’ my father replied, ‘if you try to sit on two chairs, you will fall between them. In life, you must choose. You can only sit in one chair.’"
Pavarotti continued, "I did choose one. It took seven years of study and frustration before I made my first professional appearance. It took another seven years to reach the Metropolitan Opera. And now I think, whether it’s singing opera, laying bricks, or writing a book… whatever we choose… we should give ourselves to it completely. Commitment, that’s the key. Choose one chair."
During this season of Lent, choose one thing… Perhaps one attitude to improve, one behavior to modify, one weakness to strengthen, one relationship to enhance. And then make a commitment to that one thing.
And when you do, your light will shine and the hope of Easter will radiate from you!
This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to “Made New” by Lincoln Brewster. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvJDjPI4V5c