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WHO MATTERS THE MOST

A great violinist once visited Houston, Texas for a concert. The newspaper, however, -used most of its space to describe his original Stradivarius violin. It went into great detail about the history and worth of the rare instrument. The morning of the concert, the paper carried a picture of the great violin he would play that night. When the time for the concert neared, the hall was crowded with people and excitement filled the air.

The violinist came on stage and gave a tremendous concert. As he finished, the applause was thunderous. After it subsided, he carefully laid down the bow and carried a chair over to center stage. He then took the violin, raised it over his head, and smashed it several times across the chair with both hands. It splintered into a thousand pieces. The audience gasped. Coming back over to the microphone, he said, "I read in this morning's paper about how great my violin was. So I walked down the street and found a pawn shop. For ten dollars, I bought a cheap violin. I put some new strings on it and that's the violin I played this evening, the smashed one. I wanted to demonstrate for you that it isn't the violin that matters the most. It's the hands that hold the violin."

How is it in your life? Who matters the most? Are you trying to show God and others how important you are all by yourself? Or are you willing to place yourself in God's hands and let Him mold you and use you the way He wants?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward