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The TV movie “A Christmas Without Snow” tells the story of a church choir in rehearsal for a Christmas performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” One woman who comes to sing has a professionally trained voice. She assumes that the soprano solo will be assigned to her, and when it is not, she becomes upset. This continues to eat at her, so that when the choir director later has to correct something about the way she is singing, the woman storms out.

The choir director tells the choir that he considers all of them to be “amateurs.” He goes on to explain that the word “amateur” comes from a Latin verb amare, which means “to love.” He says that he assumes that the choir members were there not because they wanted to have their egos stroked, but because they loved to sing.

Likewise, we can all serve Christ as amateurs — out of love for him.

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