Why Do We Clap?

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  – Phillipians 4:8

Some people dance, some sing, some are really good at stand up comedy.

The musicians, the actors, the people who can talk their way out of a paper bag, the thinkers, the listeners, the chefs and writers. Their are so many different gifts and talents.

Athletes from linebackers to figure skaters.

Medical Personal from pediatrists to emergency responders

Manual Laborers from the kid who chops your wood for the winter to masons and contractors

Soldiers, Scientists, Researchers, Teachers, Pastors, the behind the scenes Atlas who shoulders the brunt of the weight, but never asks for the credit.

We all know them and are them. It may be an occupation, a talent, or an interest. Every individual has something that makes them unique. It may not be something that people notice, but the ability to be excellent in any area is something that makes people so beautiful .

And when you are in the presence of excellence, it is rewarding.

Why do we cry when someone unexpected sings the most beautiful aria or a “Jock” plays the most incredible piano piece? Why do you hold your breath when a figure skating pair completes a synchronized triple salchow or  a film director reveals a carefully scripted theme? Why do we never recover when a writer takes our minds on an adventure?

Why do we love the moment of resolution when a hero finally gets recognized or rewarded?

McLaughlin_Brubaker_Death_SpiralIt is the realization that we are in the presence of a greatness that transcends the person involved. There is a work being done through that person they may not recognize and in that moment a little bit of the nature of the glory and perfection of God is revealed in the unveiling of his image in an individual.

We only see what we expect and excellence draws a response out of us that is beyond expectation.It is a natural response to worship. Many worship the people, the sport, the activity, or the say, but the only fullness and the only continuation of seeing that excellence is to worship and pursue the source of it.

Being excellent is a risk because failure is terrifying, but it is that goal and mission that brings us closer to Christ.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson

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