“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” — Galatians 6:9-10
A hazard we all meet again and again is the danger of getting discouraged. We often quit a project because the chances of success seem small. It is a help to remember the people who by persistence have won out over discouragement.
Enrico Caruso was an Italian opera singer. As has been stated repeatedly in print by reputable critics, biographers and musicologists, he was one of the greatest and most influential tenors in history. Caruso was also one of the most significant singers in any genre in the first two decades of the 20th Century and one of the most important pioneers of recorded music.
Indeed, Caruso’s popular recordings and his extraordinary voice, known for its youthful beauty, mature power and unequalled richness of tone, made him perhaps the best-known operatic star of his era. Such was his influence on singing style, virtually all subsequent Italian and Spanish tenors (and many non-Latin tenors, too) have been his heirs to a greater or lesser extent.
During his singing career, Enrico Caruso made more than 260 recordings over an 18-year period and earned millions of dollars from the sale of the resulting 78 rpm discs. These discs, recorded in 1902-1920, chart the development of Caruso’s voice from that of a lyric tenor, to that of a spinto tenor, to that of a fully-fledged dramatic tenor.
It is interesting to note that Caruso’s first experience in music was not a positive one. When his first singing teacher heard him, he said, “My friend, your voice sounds like the whistling of the wind through a window.” But Caruso didn’t quit.
I must admit that there are times when I feel as though all my efforts are nothing more than whistling wind through a window. The problem is that I am not seeing what God sees.
We can’t grow tired of doing what God has called us to do. What seems like “insignificant noise” can develop into a “symphony of praise” if we just don’t quit.