I was in a youth music group at my hometown church, and he was talking to us about two possible motivations for singing. Both sentences were short, only six words. In fact, they were both made up of the same six words. Only the order was slightly different. Guess which sentence illustrated the attitude he wanted us to have:
“I have to sing a song.”
“I have a song to sing.”
The first is what the “professional” might say. He or she works hard, wants to get it right, feels obligated to get it right.
The second sentences better describes the heart of the “amateur.” From Latin and French, the word amateur means “one who loves.” He or she works hard, wants to get it right for the joy of doing it well.
If you guessed that our leader encouraged us to “…have a song to sing,” you are absolutely right. A big smile crept over his face as he said, “I love amateurs.”
Which sentence fits you? It depends on whether you want to convey a message or to showcase your talent.
The same goes for my present work, writing: “I have to write a story” vs. “I have a story to write.”
Whatever work I do, whether for pay or not, I want to please my Creator by doing it. If I am doing it for him, I will pursue my work with
The excellence of a professional
The ardor of an amateur.
As near as I can figure, that motivation will breathe life into any project I tackle.
How about it — are you an amateur, too?
Thanks for reading,