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The Miracle of the Mundane

Author Heather Havrilesky writes about finding meaning in the mundaneness of everyday life using Mozart as the example:

Mozart’s father, Leopold, viewed his son’s musical talent as a miracle given by God. He believed that it was his job to help Mozart share his miracle with the world. In Mozart’s time, composers weren’t seen as an exalted class of humans. … Musicians were exactly in the same position as other household servants—cooks, chambermaids, coachmen, and sentries. They existed for the comfort and well-being of their masters and mistresses. Leopold Mozart didn’t agree. He believed that his son should be displayed “to the glory of God,” as he put it.

Mozart … was often impulsive and he thought nothing of thwarting convention. He rarely had enough money and he died young. But when you listen to his music, it’s impossible not to believe that he was a joyful and deeply satisfied human being.

Nowhere in her bio does Havrilesky claim to be a believer. However, she encourages her readers not to prioritize accumulating wealth or social media likes and friends. Instead, “Imagine being told that you have been given your talent by God, and you must honor God’s will by manifesting that talent in your creations.”

You can read an excerpt from the book here.

Possible Preaching Angle: Mozart was dedicated to excellence in a ‘mundane’ chore and used his gift to God’s glory. This is a good analogy to the Christian doing God’s work, but possibly being discouraged if the work seems endlessly menial and tedious.

Heather Havrilesky, What If This Were Enough?, (Doubleday, 2018), Page 209

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