By the age of 5, Beethoven was playing the violin
under the tutelage of his father—also an accomplished musician. By the time he
was 13, he was a concert organist. During his lifetime, he wrote nine majestic
symphonies and five concertos for piano, not to mention numerous pieces of
chamber music. Beethoven was not, however, a stranger to difficulties. During
his twenties, he began to lose his hearing. His fingers “became thick,” he said
on one occasion. He couldn’t feel the music as he once had. His hearing problem
haunted him in the middle years of his life, but he kept it a well-guarded
secret. When he reached his fifties, Beethoven was deaf. All of us make excuses
at some point in our lives. We are too busy, too young, too old, not equipped,
not trained or even worse not motivated. Beethoven is a wonderful example of
someone who would not let his circumstances dictate his success.
We all have weaknesses, limitations, legitimate
reasons to not do some of the things that we need to be doing. Maybe we should
all be more apt to allow our weakness to be His strength. By our limitations,
the world will be able to see just how mighty and wonderful our God really is.