Activated - - ACTIVATED - By Chris Mizrany Chris Mizrany is a web de­signer, pho­tog­ra­pher, and mis­sion­ary with Help­ing Hand in Cape Town, South Africa.

If you asked me how I feel about mu­sic,

I’d say I’m an en­thu­si­ast. My friends might say a fa­natic, but I just tune them out.

There’s some­thing in­ex­pli­ca­ble about mu­sic that moves our hearts and stirs our souls. Pow­er­ful lyrics can be just the right thing to lift our mood and cheer us up, and I per­son­ally owe many happy mo­ments to in­spired song­writ­ers.

Even with­out lyrics, though, the melody, har­mony, and ex­pres­sive flow of a mu­si­cal piece speak vol­umes. When I lis­ten to a clas­si­cal piece, I feel my emo­tions sway with the notes. Slow, moody tremors give way to skip­ping joy­ous lilts, ris­ing tem­pests, and sun­set skies. The mu­sic ef­fort­lessly car­ries my soul with­out a word, and I un­der­stand the mean­ing clearly.

I’ve found this con­cept holds true in my life. I’m blessed with solid, faith-filled friends who take time to en­cour­age me and pick me up when I’m wal­low­ing in neg­a­tive emo­tions. They of­ten re­mind me of a scrip­ture, tes­ti­mony, quote, or even a funny story. Like the lyrics of a good song, they give me hope and pos­i­tiv­ity, and I am so grate­ful for their sup­port.

Some­times, though, they don’t say a word. They might not even know my in­ner strug­gles. They just live their lives, filled with their own ups and downs, but the mu­sic of their soul res­onates in mine. I feel the tem­pests, the clear skies, the happy mo­ments, and trou­bled times. And through it all, I see their un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to trust in Je­sus. And hon­estly, their song of life echoes louder than any words of wis­dom, any clever line, any ver­bal ex­pres­sion.

I know that both are needed. There is a time to give an­swers to weary, search­ing souls. But even if some­times our words are few, the mu­sic of our life—how we live, and how much we love—is al­ways heard.

If you’re down and dis­cour­aged, or you know some­one who is and you want to be there for them, Je­sus can help. Start by ask­ing Him into your life now: Dear Je­sus, I feel You knock­ing on the door of my heart, and I ask You now to come in and give me Your free gift of eter­nal life with You. Help me do what I can to show Your love and con­cern for oth­ers so that they too can come to know You. Amen.

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