Since our son JB has been away at college our house had become a little quiet. When he was home JB would practice his guitar for hours on end and fill the house with beautiful music. When he went off to school there was a void around here.
Micah, our soon to be 14 year old, has been playing the cello and the house is once again filled with music. He is really doing well too. He practices two or three times a day for an hour each time.
Its amazing how music can affect the mood in a house. Its hard to be upset when you are singing or humming along with a song. Try it and see. It just seems to lift the spirits. The Bible speaks of this when it says to speak to yourself in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, making melody in your heart to the Lord (Eph 5:19).
When we lived in Ghana Kim and I built our own house. The entire place was built with hand tools because there was no electricity. The cement blocks were even made by hand. The concrete was mixed by hand and poured one pan full at a time. It was extremely hard and labor intensive. There was a young man we hired who was a carpenter. His name was Vince. He claimed to be a Christian and he loved to talk about his Lord. Vince worked very hard and long hours. Even when he was working hard and drenched in sweat Vince would constantly be singing or whistling as he worked. He was the epitome of a joyful soul. In fact, most of our work crew would sing as they worked. It was really quite a thing to hear and see. I learned a valuable lesson from these men.
Next time you are tempted to be discouraged or upset, sing, or whistle. See if it does not change your attitude a bit. If it works I want you to think of Vince!