Joy in Serving God

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Sergei Rachmaninoff dreamed of becoming a composer. Born in Russia on this day in 1873, he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory when he was only 19. Demonstrating his potential, there he won a gold medal for his opera, “Aleko.” But, in spite of his successes, he struggled with self-doubt. In particular, he was wounded by critical comments after his first symphony debuted in 1897.

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, he left his homeland, eventually settling in the United States. Although still dreaming of composing, for practical reasons he felt forced to spend much of his life as a conductor and pianist. This career choice provided income but still left him frustrated.

Looking back, he once reflected, “I have never been able to make up my mind as to what was my true calling.” He admitted being “constantly troubled,” worrying that he had ventured “into too many fields.” As a result, he wondered if he “failed to make the best use of my life.”

Many people—including many Christians—face the same kind of uncertainty, and question decisions they have made. These are reasons why we need to seek God’s guidance, and allow Him to direct our lives. The Bible reminds us that He has a special design and plan for each life. That He wants to guide us, to replace doubt with peace, confidence, and joy.

Remember that God has a plan for you. Commit your way to Him, confident that He will direct your path. Then, serve Him faithfully in every task with all of your spirit, soul, and body. Find joy in trusting Him!