Inside Out

The story is told of the famous Italian violinist Paganini, who one evening stepped out onto the stage of a packed concert hall, only to notice that there was something wrong with his violin.  Excusing himself for a moment he stepped back behind the curtain to discover that his most precious violin had been stolen and replaced with one of inferior quality.  How could he play as expected with such a poor instrument?


After a moment he gathered himself, returned to the stage, and announced, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I will now demonstrate to you that the music is not in the instrument but in the soul”.  He played as never before, and at the end the audience nearly lifted the roof with their enthusiastic applause.


Paganini’s experience reminds us that it is not material and external things, that feed the soul and create great beauty in the world, but rather souls of great beauty that in their expression add quality and fullness of life to the world they inhabit.  So how to create a soul of beauty?  Jesus once put it like this, “If anyone is thirsty, let them come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them.”

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