by Jena Wight
Re-blogged from: Central Mission Young Adult blog
I recently read an article written by a famous pianist. In it, he challenges the reader to “find what you love and let it kill you.” He says maybe you love the idea of being able to play the piano. So instead of coming home after work and watching TV, he says, why don’t you go spend a hundred bucks on a used piano, get yourself a teacher, and spend 40 minutes a day practicing. And then after a few weeks you could play a Chopin Nocturne.
Or maybe you love to write. And so you’ve joined a book club. But wait—you love to write. So what are you doing in a book club? Go find a writer’s club. Where you have to bring a few pages of something you’ve written to each week’s meeting.
The point is—push yourself. Make your life about progress and growth rather than acceptance and complacency.
As followers of Jesus, we should be joining writers’ clubs and buying pianos—metaphorically speaking. What does it look like for you—you personally—to be working to build the kingdom of God on earth? Stop and think about it. And then when you have your answer, stop and think about it again. If you like writing and you join a book club, you haven’t put yourself in a position of true growth and opportunity. If you love God and want to help the world, allow yourself to really do that.
Doctrine and Covenants 163 says, “Community of Christ, your name, given as a divine blessing, is your identity and calling. If you will discern and embrace its full meaning, you will not only discover your future, you will become a blessing to the whole creation. Do not be afraid to go where it beckons you to go.”
Replace “Community of Christ” with your own name. Read that scripture as if it’s meant for you. If you will discern and embrace your full meaning, you will discover your future—and you will bless the whole of creation. So embrace your gifts and your passions, and then go buy a piano.