Stutzman: Lesson from the Little Drummer Boy

It’s time for Christmas music! I actually started listening to it weeks ago but now it’s officially OK.

When I was in band in school my favorite pieces to play were of the Christmas variety. There isn’t a classic Christmas song out there that I haven’t heard 100 times over. One of my favorites has always been Little Drummer Boy. But it wasn’t until very recently that I actually listened and understood the message the song shares. It happened this past week. Why it took me so long I have no idea. If you were to look inside my mind you would see thoughts, responsibilities, projects, and memories all flowing around like the roar and rush of water through a raging river rapids. It doesn’t make sense to me most of the time so I try to steer clear of making sense of myself and just enjoy the clarity when it appears; like water diverting to create a tranquil sparkling stream.

I saw a video floating around social media of an a capella group called Pentatonix featuring their rendition of the Little Drummer Boy. After seeing it posted a few dozen times I decided I should probably take a view. The group’s pure crisp sound showcased the lyrics of the song in a way my ears had never heard before. It was beautiful. I watched it a few times and really let the message of the song sink in.

Come they told me, a newborn King to see.

Our finest gifts we bring, to lay before the King.

So to honor him, when we come.

I have no gift to bring, that’s fit to give our King.

Shall I play for you? On my drum?

I played my drum for Him. I played my best for Him.

Then he smiled at me. Me and my drum.

It wasn’t a wrapped present that made Him smile. It was the passion that poured out of a little boy and his pride in his talent.

There are 365 days in a year and not a single one of them is about how much money you can spend or what material items you can throw at others. The secret to honoring your family, serving your community, and making the world a better place is simply just you. It is about you and the unique gifts of which you have been blessed. It is about how you make others feel as a result of exercising those gifts.

Our society often takes us hostage in this belief that we need to constantly focus on making more money to buy more things. Andrew Carnegie said if you have been blessed with skills that provide you with great wealth it is then your privilege to take what you need and share the rest with the greater good to enrich the lives of others. Enrich their lives in a way so as to help them discover and hone their talent.

If you take the wrapping paper off your exterior, put your accessories on a shelf, and really take a look at who you are you should plainly see morals, values, and the innate talent with which you have been infused. This is the gift you should be sharing with others; your talent. That thing or things you do really well. Is it music, like playing a drum? Is it painting or drawing? Is it your kind demeanor that lifts the spirit of others when they are down? Is it your ability to make people laugh? Your ability to bring organization to chaos? Is it your knack for cooking a neighbor a home cooked meal when they really, really need some kindness in their life?

What is your drumbeat? Take some time this Christmas season to peel back your layers and discover. Find the difference you were meant to make in the world and make sharing that your daily priority. This is how we honor and serve. This is how we make Him smile and this is how we change the world.