Mission: accomplished

There are some things you hear that just stick with you. I read in the book Outliers that most people of great accomplishment spend 10,000 hours working in their field (among many other factors). That’s approximately five years of work (8 uninterrupted hours a day/five days a week/50 weeks). Many of us older folks struggle to get 4 uninterrupted hours of work in the area we specialize in a day.

There is something God has gifted each one of us with that we’re called to be great stewards of. Spend some time determining what that gift is and then commit yourself to investing time in developing that gift.

The musicians of King David’s time were highly valued by him and all that served in the temple were described as accomplished musicians. Their job was to proclaim God’s messages to the accompaniment of various musical instruments. May the gift you’re developing be your offering of thanks and praise to God.

1 Chronicles:25:1-8 David and the army commanders then appointed men from the families of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to proclaim God’s messages to the accompaniment of lyres, harps, and cymbals. Here is a list of their names and their work:

From the sons of Asaph, there were Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah. They worked under the direction of their father, Asaph, who proclaimed God’s messages by the king’s orders.

From the sons of Jeduthun, there were Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei,[a] Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six in all. They worked under the direction of their father, Jeduthun, who proclaimed God’s messages to the accompaniment of the lyre, offering thanks and praise to the Lord.

From the sons of Heman, there were Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael,[b] Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. 5 All these were the sons of Heman, the king’s seer, for God had honored him with fourteen sons and three daughters.

All these men were under the direction of their fathers as they made music at the house of the Lord. Their responsibilities included the playing of cymbals, harps, and lyres at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman reported directly to the king. They and their families were all trained in making music before the Lord, and each of them—288 in all—was an accomplished musician. The musicians were appointed to their term of service by means of sacred lots, without regard to whether they were young or old, teacher or student.

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