I have a full time job just like many other American women. I've chosen not to blog about what I do 8-5 Monday through Friday, but I would like to write about my other job. On Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights (for choir practice) I am a church pianist. I guess if I have anything in life that I am passionate about other than my faith and my family, this would be it. I am not a concert pianist nor am I one who plays all over the piano with all kinds of fancy extras. I would love to be able to do that, but like the rest of my life, I keep everything pretty simple. I have one goal when it comes to my music -- my only goal is that the Lord will be glorified through the music. That's really my main goal in every aspect of my life, is that Jesus Christ will be glorified.
The church where I play the piano is not the church where I'm a member, and it is even of another denomination. That's okay with me, because the differences in the two denominations are not enough to matter. Each Sunday morning when I finish playing, then I leave that church and I drive to my church for the remainder of the service there. My family has continued going to our home church. If anyone asked me "why" I do this, I think my answer would be "because I have to." I don't have to because someone is making me, I don't have to because of the money, and I don't have to because I'm afraid I'll lose my ability to play if I don't do it. I have to do it because it is my passion and when you have a passion, there is something deep inside you that makes it such a part of you that you feel like you can't live without doing this particular thing. That's the only way I know how to explain it. And another part of my passion for music is composing. Sometimes I just feel like I have to write some music. It doesn't even matter to me if anyone else ever plays my piano music or sings the songs I've written. I just have to do it because it's inside me. I will end this with a quote from a book I read a while back....
"...the saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there's nothing to make it last." from the novel Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
So, this is who I am -- who are you? What is your passion in life?
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