Today we had a "baby ballet" recital. The audience was full of enthusiastic friends and family as the tiniest of ballerinas took the stage. Some of them waved and posed; some very seriously concentrated on their performance, and alas, one - there's often one - just wouldn't take that step. It seems like such a little thing to step up on our small stage that often doubles as a seating and visiting area. But when there is an "audience" and lights and the music comes on, it can feel like an entirely different reality.
Tonight we have "Open Mic Night" and we may have a similar variety of experiences. One is playing piano for the first time, another is a professional. So why do they share the same program? Because that's what we do. We SHARE what we have learned and practiced with others. It is a JOY to share something that is meaningful to you. It is a blessing to show or say, "Look what I learned!" It is a blessing to the audience to see or hear it.
Is it for our glory? No. That's another thing we learn. The audience thanks the performer for what they offered (with applause); the performer acknowledges the thanks with a "you're welcome" (a bow). But we never want to forget to give honor to the One who gave us the opportunity to Learn, Grow and Develop these gifts and talents.
The best thing about live performance (or life) is not about witnessing perfection, but witnessing a perfect adaptation to imperfection.
We learn. We share. We grow. We are thankful!