This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Today at TV-44, we concluded our Holiday Music Festival tapings where 25 local high schools came to the TV station and sang some Christmas carols that will air over the Christmas weekend.
More than 1200 students singing about hope and joy, and the birth of our Savior.
I love hearing the variety of songs and voice ranges, and talking with the students and teachers. But this year, I noticed something new.
The best choirs all have something in common. They watch their director. All the time.
One choir had an ensemble where different sections would sing at different times during the song. First the altos went, and then the sopranos before the tenors and basses took their turns. When the students weren’t singing, I noticed that they weren’t watching their classmates who were. Rather, the students stayed locked in on their director, even if they weren’t slated to sing next.
It struck me, that we, as followers of Jesus, need to do the same thing. We need to keep our eyes on our Director, at all times. Peter understood this first hand. Jesus was walking on water toward the disciples and I love the boldness Peter shows by being the only one to get up.
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:28-30)
Did you notice what happened when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the wind around him. He began to sink.
We do that too. When our eyes are on the mirror (us) or our problems, or even our successes, we begin to sink. We get flooded by fear or shame, or the waters of pride overwhelm us.
This Christmas season, I encourage you to do what those choir students do: don’t be distracted by the distractions. Keep your gaze locked on your Director. He will show you exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it.