I grew up in a musical family and have always loved music, singing, and playing instruments. But confession time: Until I graduated college, I had the worst fear of singing in public. Shocking? Well, thankfully that fear has greatly diminished over the years. I now enjoy singing in pretty much any setting. Not sure how I’d handle karaoke though. Haven’t attempted that yet.
20. Sing a Song.
There are some (rare) days when I wake up, jump out of bed, and go all Maria Von Trapp on the world:
Other times I’m content to sing my heart out in the shower or during my commute through the constant maze of crazy drivers.
Why is singing on my #30Before30 list?
Singing has played a key role in my life since I was a wee lad. It has helped me face and overcome fears, form stronger bonds with new and lifelong friends, increase my focus on and worship of God, stretch and grow my musical abilities, and provide new areas for me to serve in my church.
By extension, the principles of discipline, perseverance, faithfulness, joy, and consistent practice reach beyond the mere staves of sheet music. All of life needs these elements as well.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” (Psalms 100:1 ESV; emphasis added)
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17 ESV; emphasis added)
Another 30 Before 30 writer included singing in public on his list. His post offered the following motivation:
“Singing can make you happy and reduce depression or feeling lonely. If you have a fear of public speaking, there’s not a better way to overcome this fear than by singing your heart out in front of strangers during karaoke night. Sing so much that someone tells you to shut-up and you won’t be fearful again. Sing — even if you are really lousy at it.”
For inspiration, listen to this version of “Sing a Song” by the Gaither Vocal Band:
Fun fact: I joined some of my favorite singing friends in a recording project and we produced a CD!
In conclusion, and for your viewing pleasure and motivation to get out there and sing, here’s a clip from our toe-tappin’, boot-stompin’, barn-raisin’ song from last Christmas. Please clap along. 😉 (Video credit: Patti M.; Song: Come and See What’s Happenin’ in the Barn)
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