A young boy stood on the stage. He had practiced singing his songs over and over. His style was emulated from other modern day singers, but his voice was his own. He loved singing, but today was different. He had managed to get this far with all the competition. He was no longer in front of a school group or in a church choir, but in front of judges and television crews that were going to show what he could do to the entire world. He was scared!
He started out strong, but then the fears crowded in and his voice began to break into some kind of weak sound that did not sound like what he had practiced. Those glaring lights began to come closer and closer. He honestly wondered if his legs were going to hold him. Suddenly, he felt arms around him…comforting arms…those of his mother. She had followed him out onto the stage. He knew if he “just looked at her, he could have confidence to sing.” Now was his moment of decision.
As I watched this drama play out on this large stage in London, I began to see that this is not different from what each of us has to decide throughout our lives. Will we go on?
Most of us work hard at what we do, regardless of our age..or our circumstances. We are proud of our talents and want to share them with others. Some have more confidence than others in this arena. Stepping out of our comfort zone and reaching for the next level is not easy. Sitting on a fence is even harder for we cannot sit there long. We will either retreat or we will jump over the fence and press on. We pray God will help us; we lean on friends and family who support us and we finally look back to say, ” I really made it….It is like a miracle but I did it!”
William Shakespeare said:
“All the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players:They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…”
He didn’t say how difficult those parts were or how much courage it took to go through the stages of life. Perhaps his writing would have been better if he had given us some insight to this. Nevertheless, the young boy you are about to see…made his decision in this world of show business and pressures. Let’s hope his decision gave him confidence to face other frightening parts of his life…for they will come.