The colorful nineteenth century showman and gifted violinist, Nicolo Paganini was playing a very difficult piece of music with a full orchestra supporting him. Suddenly, one string of his violin snapped and hung down from his violin...beads of sweat popped out on his forehead. He frowned but kept playing, improvising beautifully and then a second string broke and quickly a third string!
Now there were three limp strings dangling and to the conductor's surprise, this master performer completed this composition on the one remaining string! The audience jumped to their feet in good Italian fashion and filled the air with shouts and screams of "Bravo! Bravo!"
As the applause began to die down...the violinist motioned the people to sit back down. Even though they knew that there was no way they could expect an encore, he held the violin high for all to see! He nodded to the conductor to begin the encore and then he turned to the crowd with a twinkle in his eye, smiled and shouted, "PAGANINI AND ONE STRING!"
Then he placed the Stradivarius beneath his chin and played the final encore on one string! What an attitude! Paganini and one string! The conductor and crowd were transfixed!
Now...it's your turn! What do you do when things go wrong? What do you do when the strings of your life begin to break? Give up or keep going? The next time you are tempted to give up or stop playing...remember Paganini and ONE STRING!
"You have persevered and have endured hardships for My name and have not grown weary" (Revelation 2:3).