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Morning Tea: Three Lessons I Learned from the Little Drummer Boy


The Little Drummer Boy by James Mingo

Sip on This: The Little Drummer Boy was written by Katherine K. Davis in 1941. In 2003, Ms. Whitney Houston sang a rendition of what has now become one of my favorite ChristMas songs. We all know the story of the poor boy who heard the call to come and present gifts to the newly born King, Jesus. With no gift, but the drum in his hand the Little Drummer Boy with Mary's permission, played his best on the drum for baby Jesus in such a way that the songwriter says that "he (Jesus) smiled at me".

There are three key lessons, I have learned from this little boy and his drum. First, the little boy heard the call to come to Jesus and he went, he showed up, in other words he was obedient. So often, we hear the proverbial call to go and we do nothing, we stand still, we disobey.

The second lesson I learned is that as a self described poor boy, the little boy did not allow his current circumstances (his financial situation) keep him from offering his Savior praise. While the Wise Men came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, the little drummer boy did not fall into the trap of comparison. Instead, the little boy with no gift decided he would use what he had which was his drum and his ability to play it. All year long I've been hearing the Spirit say to me, "Use what you have" and as a result this blog was born!

As the little boy played his best on the drum he noticed that his playing put a smile on the face of baby Jesus. Although this song is a fictitious account, I wonder if it had it's origins in the story of the widow's mites (Luke 21:1-4, Mark 12:41-44).

The third lesson I learned is that Jesus sees what men don't. The poor boy gave all he had in the humble playing of his drum. Sure his gift was modest but he was willing to sacrifice his time and his talent to honor the King. The question that I am left asking myself this morning is "Am I?"

Happy Holy Days to you all!

Note: Artwork featured is by artist James Mingo.

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