“It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think he must prefer quality to quantity.” – George MacDonald
It started as a group of thirteen. Young minds came together in unity to form the New Generation Youth Choir under my direction. Those young people worked hard together to bring the praises to the King.
They were youth of all ages. There were five year olds, eight year olds, some preteens and some teenagers. The difference in age made more of a difference during the rehearsal process because the older ones were the ones I found more of a problem with trying to get them to be somewhat obedient.
As the older youth were getting older and more mature, their interest started to break away and they felt too old to sing with the young kids and decided to no longer sing with the New Generation. The number went from 13 to nine.
With nine, they worked well together and their voices beautifully blended as they ministered every other Sunday morning. The age thing again became an issue because some of the older youth were about to graduate from high school and enter into college. The number went from nine to seven. I started to get a little discouraged because the quantity had been diminishing. But still, I did not let me stop doing what God had called me to qualitatively do.
Today, I have a good handful of youth that help me to do God’s work. I teach them songs of praise and worship and they use their voices faithfully to sing them. They sing hymns. They sing lyrics straight from scripture. They even sing some of the songs that I’ve been blessed to write. With the minister of music and the instrumentalists of the church, they let the church know that even though they are young, they came to praise the Lord.
This past week, the youth came together once again on Saturday to rehearse for youth Sunday. Only two showed up to rehearsal but still put their all into practicing and getting ready for Sunday morning worship. On Sunday morning with just the two of them, I directed and we lead the church in song with such heart. The young soprano and alto sounded like a full choir singing together. They did not lose faith over the quantity of members there to minister with them but instead put forward quality work among God’s people.
So I thought that the word of the day should pertain to that. It does not take a whole lot of numbers to make his praise glorious. Sure, a jillion voices may sound good, but two sounded good also. A jillion is an indefinitely vast number. I’ve seen choirs with a jillion singers but the two didn’t bother me; rather it encouraged me to push myself to push them hard so we could do what God called us to do qualitatively.
Word of the Day: Jillion
Jesus is real and I know it. He died for you and me; Ain’t that good news?
In one accord, let’s lift our voices and sing him the praise that he is due.
Love is what he gives us with his grace and mercy; how he has blessed us so.
Like a river flowing, he anoints us from the crown of our head up to our toes.
Individually, let him know how thankful you are; you don’t need jillions; one on one!
Open your heart to him whether with a vast number or in a room with none.
Nobody can do it like Jesus, so let’s honor the one who reigns over jillions.
© Stephanie Jeannot
“Gold and silver, like other commodities, have an intrinsic value, which is not arbitrary, but is dependent on their scarcity, the quantity of labour bestowed in procuring them, and the value of the capital employed in the mines which produce them.” – David Ricardo