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An adventurous youth was hiking through the German forest when he saw a dark opening in a cliff indicating a deep cave. With the excitement of adventure, the youth decided to go exploring. He carefully made his way into the opening and not too far from the entrance, he saw a flickering light in the passage far ahead. A typical teenager, ever curious, he had to see what was inside the cave.

As he rounded a corner in the passage the youth was surprised to find a very old man with a large stack of music scores in front of him. The old man was rubbing the musical notes off of the paper and tossing the blank sheets aside.

The youth was astonished when he recognized the old man as Mozart. He’d seen pictures of Mozart in his music class and even a bronze statue of the man. But it couldn’t be. Mozart was dead. After watching for a couple more minutes he pointedly asked, “I know it’s impossible, but are you Mozart?”

The old man slowly looked up and and with lifeless eyes replied, “Yes, I am Mozart”,

The astonished youth had to clarify “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?”

Again the reply was “Yes, I am he.”

“But, you’ve been dead for centuries. What are you doing sitting here rubbing notes off of the sheet music?” the youth asked.

Then old man looked up with an intent gaze and said,


Take it to the Next Level
ARGH! I know – a very BAD Joke. But as a New Year begins I wonder if it reflects the life of many youth today. Is their life moving toward the creation of a “Masterpiece” in the Master’s Hand, or is life slowly decomposing – falling apart as they are tossed aside. Blank stares staring back from a forest of people around us. Blank Sheets of paper tossed aside and hidden from view. Last year might have been a masterpiece or a failure. But every day is blank piece of paper and it is up to us whether we will compose a masterpiece, or sit decomposing. Instead of trying to erase the past, create a fantastic future.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

“…Each man’s work will become evident” and the quality of each man’s work will be tested. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15


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