Devotional theme: THE DAY YOU FOUND OUT WHY
Genesis 50:20 (TLB)
20 [Joseph said to his brothers], As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil, for he brought me to this high position I have today so that I could save the lives of many people.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
– Mark Twain
There are two important days in our lives [some might add a third if they wish].
The first day is the day we’re born. That’s the day we began to breathe on our own. It’s the day that our parents first laid their eyes on us. It is the day we began to become a citizen of the earth. Every year we can celebrate it. We begin to become.
The second day is the day we realize why. All of us were born some time ago but not all people would realize why. Perhaps for some, it may happen in the future. And this is a fact. They have yet to realize why. And when this happens we will be surprised.
Moses became, to Israel, their deliverer and lawgiver. He realized that after 80 years he was born. David became their king. He realized this when a man named Samuel visited his father’s household. Lee Kuan Yew became Singapore’s first prime minister. He realized this during the time he wept over national television. Some were born with the ability to proclaim the truth and teach. Some were born to compose melody that would outlive them for hundreds of years. Some were born to sculpt in whose creation would be continually appreciated down through the centuries.
“Music is the universal language of mankind.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Heinrich Steinweg was born in the small German Hartz Mountain hamlet of Wolfshagen. Beginning in 1806, young Heinrich experienced a series of tragedies that wiped out most of his family. Orphaned, he joined the Prussian army and became a bugler. Despite having no formal training, Heinrich was an able musician, entertaining the troops on the zither and pianoforte. When he left the army, he became a church organist and began to build pianos in his kitchen at night. Although Heinrich worked in primitive facilities, people recognized the high quality of his work. But as his business prospered, revolution forced Heinrich and his family to move to America.
Settling in New York City, the family name was anglicized to Steinway. Heinrich and his three sons took jobs with different piano makers to learn the details of doing business in the United States. After three years of working for others, they started their own company, Steinway & Sons, producing one piano a week. The Steinway piano soon became known for its quality and clarity of sound. Steinway was more concerned with building the best rather than building the most, and Steinway pianos soon began to win awards. In 1872 Steinway Village, a Long Island mini-town that included employee housing, a school, library, and bathhouse, was opened. During tough economic times, companies offered Heinrich royalties to use the Steinway name on items such as radios. Since the Steinways could not control the quality of those products, they refused to compromise the integrity of their name. As a result, the Steinway name continues to be associated only with the finest musical instruments in the world.
[Source, QuickVerse 2008, A Daily Dose of the American Dream]
I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear of falling
or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
– DAWNA MARKOV