Doing It With Soul

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Paganini, the great violinist, came out before his audience one day and just as they ended their applause, he noticed that there was something wrong with his violin. He noticed that someone had stolen the real one and replaced it with a common cheap violin. He was stunned and paralyzed. He went behind the curtain to look again, but it was not there. So he returned to the audience and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I have just discovered that someone has stolen my precious violin and left this learner’s model behind. But I want to show you that music is not in an instrument but in the soul.”

Then he played as he had never played before, and out of that secondhand instrument poured music that made the audience almost hit the roof with applause. Paganini had showed them that the music was not in the instrument but in his own soul.

It is our job to walk out onto the stage of this world and reveal to all the earth that the music of the Good News is not in things, in externals — but in our souls.

— Tony Castle