Our Bible verse for today: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You are making more of a difference than you realize.”
The term “opus” is usually used in music to identify a large body of work by a single artist. “Magnum opus” refers to the totality of a person’s work and achievements. It is often used to refer to artistic work, but it can also be used to describe achievements in any field, and indeed the sum total of a person’s life in general. In that vein, when it’s all said and done, the sum total of your life can be thought of as your “magnum opus”.
In his book, “The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath”, Mark Buchanan reminds us of the story told in the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”. Mr. Holland, played by actor Richard Dryfuss, is a music teacher with dreams of being a great composer and of writing a musical score to be performed by a full orchestra. But in the meantime he has to pay the bills. So he takes a job as a High School music teacher during the day and he works on composing his masterpiece, his opus, at night.
As the years unfold he gets married, buys a home, and has children. Slowly the years turn into decades and one day Mr. Holland realizes he is old, he is being forced into retirement, and although he has made great progress on his “opus”, his master work, it was never published or performed.
On his last day on the job, after he has cleaned out his office and he is trudging down the hall towards the door, shoulders slumped, wondering where his life went, he hears a commotion in the auditorium. Curious, he opens the door to look in and finds the place packed with people, all waiting for him. He is stunned to see old friends, long lost relatives, close family members, fellow teachers both current and past, and, on the stage, four decades of music students with their instruments. With tears in his eyes he listens as the orchestra made, up of his students, plays his opus.
In that moment Mr. Holland realized that his true masterpiece was not the music he had composed but the lives he had touched. His “magnum opus” was the people he had blessed and whose lives he had helped to shape over four decades of faithful service.
There’s a lot we can learn from Mr. Holland’s story. The truth is that you are having a positive impact on more people than you realize, in more ways than you realize. Someday, when it’s all said and done and your life is drawing to a close, you will discover that your magnum opus consists of the people who have been blessed and inspired by you.
So hang in there. Keep going. God has you right where He wants you and even if you don’t realize it, He is using you to bless and inspire others. The little things you do in your everyday life matter. Just do your best and know that you are making a difference just by being you.