This week my choir classes have a big performance. We’ve rehearsed for weeks – months even – and tonight is our dress rehearsal for the church. Friday night will be the actual performance.
Kids are funny because anticipation for them usually means louder squeals and more frequent giggles and a general sense of pandamonium. Even my teenagers, who want desperately to look unaffected, are a little more active and talkative. My instinct when coming up to a performance is usually silence. I want to still the world, sit quietly in a corner, and focus. Not possible with the crew I’m working with right now. I gave them lectures about how we only have a few more rehearsals before we stand on the stage in front of literally hundreds (1,200 people were at this Open House last year) of audience members and we must WORK, but they only look at me like the too-serious teacher that I can be.
Yesterday when my 3rd-5th graders had to practice marching up and down their risers in an orderly fashion several times they just thought they would die! But when we filled the last few minutes of rehearsal with an impromtu performance of our “Little ‘Ol Cowboy” song, in which they get to yodel and say, “Yee Haw!”, they perked right up. Smiling, laughing, singing at a perfect volume.
I think as Christians we are in danger of making the same mistake I make when coming up to a performance: We’re entirely too serious! If our final performance is a life in eternity, I think spending this life anxious, silent, and tense is not very effective use of our remaining rehearsal time. In that spirit, I guess all I have to say to close is, “Yee HAW!”