The Key of “Be Natural”

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:6-8

 

Music is played and songs are sung in many different keys.  Sometimes a song is written in a particular key to fit the vocal range of the singer.  Sometimes the key is chosen because of its simplicity.

The Key of C is the most common musical key.  (Is that why an average grade on an exam is C?  Because it is the most common?)  The Key of C is the easiest key to play on the keyboard.  Only the “white” keys are used in the Scale of C.  The Key of G and Key of D are very common keys.  The Key of F and Key of A are also popular keys. 

A number of writers and artists are fond of the Key of Eb.  It may support a comfortable vocal range, but for a struggling guitar player like me, it is the hardest key in which to play a song.

God has a key for each of us to live our lives by – the Key of “Be Natural.”  You are who you are; with the gifts that God has given to you.  You are not meant to preach like Billy Graham, sing like Toby Mac, or play the keyboard like Ray Charles.  Trying to be someone you are not is not being who God made you to be; not being natural. 

Maybe you are the one to visit someone in the hospital.  Perhaps you are the one that needs to make that one phone call to give someone hope. You could be that person to travel overseas to spread the Gospel. Maybe you are the person God has called to pray for others.  You may the person to work with youth.

Find what God has called you to be, and then run with it.  Don’t try to do something or be someone you aren’t called to be.  Trust what God has given to you.  Then, just “Be Natural.”

~Charles A. Kalkomey