There is a vast difference between happiness and blessedness.
True blessedness comes to life in the midst of sometimes very trying situations.
The following true story illustrates this principle.
Paganini, the great violinist, walked out before his audience and as they finished their applause suddenly made the discovery that there was something wrong with his violin.
He gave it another look and noticed that it wasn’t his famous and valuable violin.
For a second he was paralyzed
But then, turning to his audience, he explained that there had been some mistake.
He did not have his violin.
Stepping back behind the curtain where he thought it might be, he discovered that someone had stolen his
and left this old second-hand one.
He pondered the situation for a minute and then walked out before his audience.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” he said. “I will now show you that the music
is not in the instrument
but in the soul.”
He then began to play.
Within seconds glorious music filled the auditorium.
Yes, out of that second-hand instrument, music poured forth.
The crowd was enraptured and overcome with enthusiasm.
The applause nearly lifted the very ceiling that day because the man showed them
A very important truth.
The music was not in the instrument but in his own soul.
It is our mission to walk out on the stage of life and to reveal to all the world
That no matter what the conditions.
No matter how difficult the situation
In spite of hardships and grim circumstances
The music of life is in your soul!!!