A portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820
Ludwig van Beethoven is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all times. His nine masterpiece Symphonies has transcended time and is played by countless composers to date. Many may not know that this renowned artiste became deaf, at the apex of his career. “Beethoven's hearing loss did not prevent his composing music, but it made playing at concerts increasingly difficult”. He did not allow physical setbacks to hinder his talent. Oppose to giving up or contemplating suicide Ludwig’s resolution was to continue living for and through his art. Ludwig was also known for stating great quotes. One which caught my attention was sited on his death bed: “I will hear in heaven”.
Reading this quote made me think of many of us who have all our faculties yet we choose to put stumbling blocks in our path telling ourselves what we cannot do. We give up blame others for our short comings or we strive for the lesser oppose to choosing high aspirations.
God has bestowed us with great talents, abilities and skills which are not for our own ego driven desires but to pay homage and praise to God. Ludwig acknowledged his talents to God by stating: “Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth." Stop and think of yourself. What has you metaphorically deaf, keeping you from moving forward: friends, family, job complacency, fear or self? One perspective that is clear by seeking the will of God, His spirit can remove what ever is holding you back.
Take an inward look at yourself find the problems which has seized you. If Ludwig van Beethoven can write great musical scores without hearing what can you do? Look beyond the horizon and find strength which comes from God by way of faith. Become the magnum opus God intended for you to be!
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