Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

A Good Work In You

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If you could spend an afternoon with her you would love her.  Instantly.  You just can't help it.  She would make you laugh.

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Your soul would feel happy.

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That is her gift.

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She is in tenth grade.  She loves to read.  Play lacrosse.  Eat ice cream.

Yesterday she made an announcement.  "For my birthday I am going to become a cellist."   She was serious.  Her birthday is in three weeks.

We all died laughing.

We tried to explain to her that you don't become a cellist overnight.  On your birthday.  It takes a lot of practice.  "That's ok," she told us, "I am prepared to practice."

"You might be too old."  Her uncle suggested diplomatically.

She scoffed in disgust.  "You are never to old to become a cellist."

"When will you practice?"  We asked her.  "It's going to take a lot of time."

"Oh, I've thought about this already…" she replied, "I am going to get a release time period, fourth period, for practicing my instrument."

"That's for accomplished musicians," we tried to explain to her.

"I am going to be accomplished."

"Wait," we said, "you are going to be playing Mary Had a Little Lamb.  The other people are playing Mozart."

"I'm not worried about that," she replied confidently.  "You have to start somewhere."

We pictured her in a practice room next to all of the other release time proteges.  Sounds of Mozart and Bach filling the hallway.  And then, from her tiny practice room, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

The thought brought about a fresh round of robust laughter.  She could not be dissuaded.

"Mom," she said, "This is for real.  I am now a cellist."

Oh, boy.  I am not kidding you, we laughed so hard.

But last night, in the dark of my room I pulled up the local classifieds.  I searched Cello rentals.

Just in case.

Because her birthday really is in three weeks.

And what if she is meant to be a cellist?

I couldn't help but wonder why we don't all have that kind of enthusiasm for learning new things.  For discovering the gifts God has in mind for us.  Think about it…maybe He has something in store for you that you haven't even considered.

I wonder…what could it be?

One of my favorite scriptures of all time is found in the first chapter of Philippians.  It is counsel from Paul, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it…"  (Philippians 1:3 & 6)

A daily invitation

Take some time today to consider the good work the Lord has in store for you.  Spend some time pondering.  Consider you gifts.  Your passions.  The place where you are.  What could He help you to become?

And remember Grace.  It is never too late.  You have to start somewhere.

daily closer to christ

Emily Freeman