I was listening to one of my favorite CDs recently while I finished up the dinner dishes (yes, gentlemen, I do them from time to time)! As I stood at the sink it occurred to me that the group I was listening to, known for their magnificent harmonies, was no longer together. One member had wanted to take a stab at a solo career (unsuccessful as it turns out).
Every generation has examples of individuals who just did better as part of a group versus going it alone. Ringo wasn’t the same without the Beattles. Gladys needed the Pips. While retaining his incredible voice, Steve Perry didn’t have the same appeal without Journey; the same was true for Peter Cetera and Chicago. And let’s face it; Earth and Wind just aren’t the same without Fire!
As good as each of these vocalists is, without the background vocals to provide the supporting harmonies, it isn’t the same. Part of the beauty is gone. There is something incredibly appealing about a group that produces good, tight harmonies. Try as we might, one thing we will never accomplish on our own is harmony.
By now you see where this is going…God created us with a need for one another. Not many of us are intended to have “solo careers.” Most of us are designed to play a role within a larger group; doing our piece that compliments the parts of many others. I recognize that singing the “doo-whops” behind the front-liner may not always be glamorous, but that’s often the need.
Be honest today – are you going solo when God wants you as part of a group? –Dave
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
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