The great violinist, Nicolo Paganini, willed his marvelous violin to Genoa -- the city of his birth -- but only on condition that the instrument never be played upon. It was an unfortunate condition, for it is a peculiarity of wood that as long as it is used and handled, it shows little wear. As soon as it is discarded, it begins to decay. The exquisite, mellow-toned violin has become worm-eaten in its beautiful case, valueless except as a relic. The moldering instrument is a reminder that a life withdrawn from all service to others loses its meaning. - Excerpt from Bits and Pieces, June 25, 1992.
What an excellent reminder for each of us! God hasn't put us on this earth simply to eat, work, and die. He has a mission for each of us. He wants to use us to perform a good work through us. He wants us to serve others in whatever capacity we can. He has given us the tools and talents we need to accomplish that goal. It's simply up to us to decide whether we will allow God to use us or whether we'll refrain from service and, like the violin, become of no value to anyone. The choice is ours. Let's be wise in our decision.