STOP AND THINK – For me, music-making is the most joyful activity possible, the most perfect expression of any emotion. (Luciano Pavarotti, late Italian opera star)

Pavarotti was a vocal artist; his God-given and trained gifts gave joy to both the listening world and to the performer himself. Whatever one’s gift—music, graphic arts, athletic ability, intellectual acuity—the performer will have that dual pleasure, giving joy to others and having a personal sense of joyful achievement. Question: how are you using your gifts?

Each of you has your own gift from God (1 Corinthians 7:7). Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10).