The second-period algebra test had been a disaster for Charlene Markham. Then she had slipped and fallen in hallway in front of two dozen other students. As she sat in sixth -period band practise, her mind was everywhere except on the sheets of music.

“ Sometimes I wonder if my being here at Springbrook High makes any difference at all,” she thought as the music filled the room. “It's like the flautist's part in the medley. All you can hear are the trumpets and trombones, anyway.”

As an experiment, Charlene raised the flute to her lips but only pretended to play. “ See,” she thought after the place, “ no one even noticed.”

Just before the bell rang, Mr Westmore, the music teacher, instructed the students to put away their intrustments. Then, he asked Charlene to stay after the bell.

“Why didn't you play in Sousa medley?”  he asked.

Charlene was stunned that he knew. She didn't answer him. “Charlene,” he said kindly, yet firmly, “we need every part in a piece of music to make it complete. The conductor looks for everyone to be playing his or her part.”

Somehow Charlene felt better that her knowing she had been missed. “Maybe I have a part to play after all,” she thought. Learn what Jesus says about your importance in Matthew 10:24-33.

NIV:It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
NIV:“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
NIV:What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.
NIV:Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
NIV:Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
NIV:And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
NIV:So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
NIV:“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
NIV:But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

Questions To Consider
  • How does the Bible passage speak to Charlene's feelings of worthlessness?
  • How does knowing that God loves you affect your feelings about yourself?

Motion Points
  • Investing thirty minutes today in an activity for your own growth, health and well -being?
  • Listing all of the “sections” in God's “bank” (the church ) you can think of, such as musicians, leaders, helpers and so forth, Pick the one section that you're most interest in, and volunteer to “play” in it.

Further Study
  • Romans 5:1-11
  • 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31
  • Psalm 8:3-9

Interesting Fact
The “three kings” traditionally associated with Matthew 2:1-12 were probably neither “three” nor “kings”. Some  sources suggest that as many as a husband of these phililosophers, doctors and astrologers visited Jesus. Now that would make a Christmas play! The traditional idea of “three” comes from the three gifts they brought -gold, frankincess and myrrh.