When the violin of the famous Paganini was broken, it is told that rather than throw up his hands he “challenged” the loss. It was also told that like any person who lost something so valuable, he was disappointed but not defeated. He went out and got another violin. And, he let it be known that he was far from finished when he said, “I will show them that the music is in me and not in any instrument.”
Life is full of challenges, ups and downs, victories and defeats, successes and failures. Dr. Evelyn Laycock was one of my professors at Hiwassee College who knew how to get a point across in such a way that I continue to remember, what I consider to be some of the great insights into life that she shared with her students. One that I remember very vividly and have shared with others is the following: “Failure is not in falling down but in failing to get up once you have fallen.”
Dr. Laycock was a tremendous teacher of the Bible and a great example as a Christian. I believe that she and Paganini had something in common. I believe they understood that the “music” is within, just like the Kingdom of God is within and the expression of the beauty of either is not dependent upon a particular set of circumstances, good or bad. May we claim the “music” that God has put within each of us!
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 3:00 PM EDT