I really enjoyed this reflection from Howard Butt Jr., posted at The High Calling, about Toscanini and why we can’t dare give up:
Howard Butt Jr. shares another encouraging video about faith and work. Sometimes success means long hours of work and preparation, just so we’re ready when the moment comes.
It’s easy to get discouraged when all of our work goes unnoticed, or when it feels like nothing we’re doing really makes a difference. Imagine Toscanini, squinting down day after day at his music sheet. He spent much of his life at a huge disadvantage — but his biggest liability would ultimately be the key to his success.
Toscanini had a slight advantage — he was a musician, and used to listening for his cue. It’s just as important for us. Putting in the time to excel at what we do, even if it feels like we’re working in the dark, is what prepares us for when the right time comes.