Music is an important part of my life. How can I keep from singing? I was in chorus in school. In the early years anyone could join, but when we got to fifth grade we had to audition. I was one of only two people in my homeroom to get chosen. The next year I was not. I still remember my music teacher walking around the room when we were singing in my sixth grade music class. She stopped at my desk and said, “Miss Foster, why aren’t you in chorus this year? You don’t seem like a quitter to me.” I told her that I had tried out, but I didn’t make it. She said, “That was a mistake. You get right back down there.” I did and I got back in.
In high school I tried out for the musicals. I was not chosen. I worked behind the scenes on costumes and props. I had a blast. When I was in college I auditioned for individual voice lessons. I was one of the students who were chosen. Then I joined the folk group at my church.
Years later, the music teacher at the school where I taught asked me to sing in the elementary school musical. I agreed and we got a standing ovation. Things don’t always happen when I want them to, but I have found that if I am patient and prepared some pretty cool things happen in God’s time.
I love to sing and though I never sang professionally, I used what talent I had. I sang to my babies and I sang to my students. I sang in church and I sang for joy.
I had the opportunity to sing with my old folk group last Sunday. We haven’t sung regularly at church in a couple of years. It was nice to see my old friends from the group. It was a beautiful fall day and it was a joy sing outside at the service before the church picnic. I have a lot to sing about, even when I am just singing from the pews. I am grateful for music and friends, and for the strength and courage to try again when I have been rejected. I’m grateful for encouraging teachers and second chances. I’m not a quitter. Is there someone you could encourage today? Is there something you need to try again?