Last month, while in Florida, I took my daughter, Brooke, and her friend Mya to Busch Gardens. Midday we walked by a long line of people waiting for tickets to a show. I figured if people were standing in line, it must be good. So, we found ourselves in an auditorium ready to hear the 5th Dimension.
I didn’t know anything about the 5th Dimension. I was just thrilled to sit down in a cool auditorium and not be on a roller coaster. What I discovered was the 5th Dimension is a famous award-winning Motown group that originally formed in 1965. The only original member still singing with the group is Florence Larue. When the concert started and 5th Dimension started singing, wow, they were great. I even recognized a song or two and sang along.
And then Florence shared some of her story. She talked about her family and her 54 years of travelling the globe. A few years ago she had her left hip replaced and now her right hip wants the same treatment. She told us that is why she would use a stool while the rest of the group danced during the next two songs. After those two songs they started a new song. Florence got off that stool and sang lead on “Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All.” It is a love song about not being able to sleep after breaking up with someone; wanting to pick up the phone and reconnect but knowing it’s best not to. Florence Larue, 77 years old, owned that stage and she sang absolutely beautifully. It’s a very emotional song, filled with heartache and confusion. She sang it with such passion and heart. The second she hit her last note everyone in the auditorium stood and clapped. As I’m standing, I look over at Brooke and Mya, 10 and 12 years old, and they’re standing and cheering also.
As I sat down, tears came to my eyes. This moment touched my heart significantly. Here’s why. I saw someone who was so thankful to still have an opportunity to do something she is clearly gifted at and loves to do. As Florence sang I saw her reflecting on the 54 years of her musical career, relishing every time she gets a chance to sing, while wondering, how long can I do this? How much longer will people buy a ticket to listen? What if my hip replacement doesn’t go well?
Here is the thought God gave me: Find something you are great at and do it until you die. Maybe it’s cooking, welcoming people, working with kids, fixing cars, writing letters or house projects. I believe you have at least several things you are great at. Make sure and find at least one of them and keep doing it until you die. Offer that gift to the world; discover, develop and deploy it until you simply no longer can. This is a part of living a significant life.
Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." God pre-wired you with unique gifts. Use them until you die!
God bless you. See you next Sunday!