Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Best Test

A boy studied the art and science of singing, systematically, under a renowned singer for several years. Finally, he was asked to perform before a selected audience. That was his first public performance. It was very impressive and displayed the skill he achieved through years of rigorous training and constant practice. His colleagues and friends in the audience were impressed tremendously. They danced with joy as he sang most melodiously.

At the end, he came out of the stage, but was in tears. His friends congratulated him for his remarkable performance and enquired why he was crying. The boy remarked, “I was watching the facial expression of my teacher, who was seated in the front row of the audience. I did not notice any sign of appreciation on his face. Hence I am sure that my performance was not perfect. So I am really sad and ashamed.

This is true about all our actions. We may receive praise and applause from our well-wishers and friends. But the real merit of our actions is decided by God, our creator. Our activities attain perfection only when they become acceptable to God, our Lord. We must act to please God, and not men.


© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India and Leo. S. John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath,Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.

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