Dear Younger Me,
Sing for Him. It’s tempting to want to use your God-given voice to impress others, but it doesn’t matter how beautiful you can sing if you’re not singing to Him and for Him. God wants your praise, not your performance. Your human nature tells you that you need to be the best at everything, but in the presence of God, who is perfect, your hope that others will be wowed by you is silly.
And it’s not just singing. God gave you your talents to honor and glorify Him, not yourself. In the hymn “Be Thou My Vision,” remember the words, “Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise. Thou mine inheritance now and always.” Because at the end of your life, it’s not going to matter how many people thought you were awesome. In the presence of God, all that will matter is if He sees Jesus in you.
And think, how much more joy you could have as you sing or as you do what you do when you know you are doing it all for the glory of the One on high!