Taken from ‘SUNDAY COMPOSERS’ – By Dr. Michael A. Halleen
Alexander Borodin was a nineteenth century Russian composer, a member of “The Mighty Handful,” a group of that nation’s five leading composers dedicated to producing a distinctly Russian music. His opera, Prince Igor, is thought by some to have been his most significant work.
Borodin, however, always considered himself no more than a part-time musician—a “Sunday composer,” as he called himself. His training and professional career were in organic chemistry. He worked as a researcher in that field, writing scholarly articles and delivering lectures in Russian universities and throughout Western Europe. But on weekends, as a hobby, he wrote string quartets and symphonic poems—and Prince Igor. It’s that music that became his legacy to the world. Likewise . . .
– Alexander Graham Bell was a teacher from Brantford Ontario whose wife was nearly deaf, and at least in part as an effort to assist her to hear better, he invented the telephone. What started as weekend tinkering to solve a domestic communication problem revolutionized communication for all.
– The Wright brothers built bicycles in Ohio, but when business was slow they fiddled around with the idea of flying. It was just a sideline. Then came that December day in Kitty Hawk, and the Wrights would forever be associated with flight.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. . . . (Let us) use it in proportion to (our) faith.” (Romans 12:6)
The gifts that lie within many are too great to be confined to a single avenue of expression. Some of you are just ‘posers’ because day in and day out are willing to be satisfied with pretending that all you are is presently what you are doing. The interests that drive some are too varied and rich to be satisfied with punching the same clock for forty years. And, for a certainty, the needs of the world go well beyond the contribution any of us can make to meet them in a mere eight hours per day. We need more “Sunday composers.”
Are there dreams still hidden in you?
What are you doing next weekend?