Monday, December 22, 2008
The Little Drummer Boy
The Little Drummer Boy is a Christmas caroling classic. Most people can rattle off a few lines, or at least recognize the repetitive phrase, "pa rum pa pum pum". I was riding in the car with my family on the way to one of those seasonal visits to grandma's house when this popular winter hit began to play on the radio. My whole family was singing along joyously when my wife looked over and began to giggle at the tears welling up in my eyes. Most of you have figured out by now that I'm a big wuss, bu, before you plan your wisecracks, I'd like you to consider the story this song tells.
Here it is. The day of prophesy has come, and this little boy becomes saddened as he watches people giving precious, valuable gifts to the very Child of God. This kid is poor and has nothing he feels fit to give Jesus. So, in a stretch of desperation, he asks Mary if he may at least play his drum for her baby and receives a nod of permission from the new mother. Nervously, the young drummer begins to tap the drum and keep rhythm with the sounds of the animals who'd gathered around. Next thing you know, Jesus, the baby he came to worship, the savior of mankind, looked his way and smiled in approval of this young man and his desire to give all of himself to his King. You can feel the excitement that must have rushed though his entire body. He must have at that moment been numb with excitement and and the urge to shout with joy to The Lord. Even that which had seemed unworthy and meaningless to the boy a few minutes ago, was pleasing to Jesus because of the whole hearted God pleasing offering it was meant to be.
This should be the story of our lives. You think you don't have enough to give? You think you don't have what it takes? You DO! You have something. Maybe you have an hour you can dedicate to serving him through your local church. Maybe you have experiences and a compassion for kids and teens that you could use to introduce them to their savior. Maybe you could dedicate the songs you sing in the shower or at the red light to Him. No matter how tone deaf or how little rhythm you have (the boy in the song had to turn to animal sounds for rhythm help), I promise that a song of praise offered to Christ will be pleasing to HIM.
So, do me (and yourself) a favor, and listen to the song again now. While you do though, think of the things you'll do today. Find ways you can offer everything today as an act of worship to God who deserves ALL of our time and talents.