And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
- Hebrews 11:32-40
“Unsung but singing: this is the short and simple story about many today whose names are not known beyond the small circle of their own small company…
“Well, the world is big and tangled and dark, and we are never sure where a true Christian may be found. One thing we do know: the more like Christ he is the less likely it will be that a newspaper reporter will be seeking him out. However much he may value the esteem of his fellowmen, he may for the time be forced to stand under the shadow of their displeasure. Or the busy world may actually not even know he is there – except that they hear him singing.”
- W. Tozer, Born after Midnight
The Cub Scout Motto is “Do You Best!” When that is drilled into you, it becomes a way of life. After all, Paul told the Colossians to obey their masters (Col. 3:22) and Peter said the same thing (1 Peter 2:18).
With one of my many bad bosses, I had one instance where I was one of the four ‘managers’ reporting to the boss. We managed no person, mostly project management. We were nicknamed the Four Musketeers. One day one of the other Musketeers pulled me aside. He explained the way business worked. Did I need a lecture? We could get rid of our boss in two ways. We could screw up everything and hope we didn’t get fired, but give the boss the bad reputation that he deserved. Or we could do a great job and get the boss promoted. I told him that I chose the latter. That was in my wheelhouse. The boss did get promoted along with the guy who pulled me aside (the one possibly trying to foment mutiny), but the other three Musketeers were forgotten. Thrown out with the bath water.
That is what A. W. Tozer is talking about, and in Hebrews 11:39-40. It is okay to be an unsung hero who keeps singing.
Sing it from the roof tops. As the song, “Sing” suggests, “Sing out Loud. Sing out Strong.” The lyrics follow:
Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Sing of good things not bad
Sing of happy not sad
Sing, sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not
Good enough for anyone
Else to hear
Just sing, sing a song
- Joseph G. Raposo
The song captures both previous quotes quite well, except for one thing.
When you sing about your love for Jesus, you may not be able to carry a tune in a bucket, but the song is good enough for all to hear.
Some of us bloggers may be more eloquent than others. Some speak from the heart. We may not be on the same wavelength or at the same point in our faith journey, but that is part of the beauty of it all.
But you sit looking at your failures in life instead of the successes and you miss the promise of Hebrews 11:40. For those who, as a Red Buttons comedy skit would say, “never got a dinner…” (a comedy sketch dedicated to the unsung hero), God has something better planned for us. We will be made perfect.
Keep doing your best, and even if you can’t carry a tune, keep singing.