Leading by Serving

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Gerald Moore seemed destined for a career as a piano soloist. Born on this day in 1899 in Watford, England, he impressed others with his remarkable technique and musical sensitivity.

Then, perhaps surprisingly, Sir Landon Ronald, a famed musician, suggested that Moore should dedicate himself to accompanying soloists.

At the time, this seemed like an odd request. Why would a young virtuoso dedicate himself to playing a supporting role for singers? But Moore took that advice. And, as a result, became the finest recital accompanist of the twentieth century.

Legendary baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, was one of many soloists who came to rely on Moore. He commented that what set Moore apart was the fact that “he carefully listened, almost submissively” to a soloist in rehearsal. Only as he learned “to breathe and blend” with the soloist would he start expressing his own ideas.

One critic observed that Moore was so effective because he never drew attention to himself but aimed “to enhance the performance of his soloists and to serve the music better.”

Many people think that the path to greatness is to receive the credit and attention. To seek glory and tangible rewards. It takes great courage to serve others, as Gerald Moore did. But Jesus said that if we want to be great in His Kingdom, we need to focus on serving. In fact, greatness in the Kingdom of God is reserved for those who serve, and who think more about others than themselves.

The Bible tells us that God looks for people who are committed to serve. Serving in their work and church, their home and community. Right now, humble yourself before God and look for opportunities to serve others with the time, talent, and treasure that He has given you.