One of my favorite Christmas songs is “The Little Drummer Boy”. There is something quite simplistic, yet deeply thoughtful (in my opinion) about this tune. The lyrics tell the story of a boy whose only gift for the newborn King is the rhythmic tapping of his drum.
I remember watching the animated movie when I was younger. The description of the movie is, “An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.” (www.imdb.com) I would argue that his life changed more when he met the newborn King. Much like those of us who claim Christ as our Savior, the people along the way certainly influenced our journey, but ultimately, meeting the Lord and reveling in His glory is what changed our lives.
The thought that our Savior was born in a lowly manger surrounded by very few people is quite humbling. His worth values more than any riches. He could have been born in the most glorious of places, and could have commanded the Earth to move. And yet, the song of “The Little Drummer Boy” reminds me of the pureness of children and how their gifts, though small and often hand-made, carry far greater value than the store-bought gifts we often receive. The words also speak of meeting the Lord where we are at; poor, with not much to offer.
I believe He doesn’t expect us to put out our finest wares for Him. I believe He wants our gifts to be used and given in humility, kindness, and with sincere generosity. I believe we are to use what we have been given to the best of our ability, and with the heart of a child. These gifts of our time, service to others, loving acceptance, and consolation of each other are of value that will never fade.
What “drum” will you play to honor Him? What will the rhythm of your life sound like? The sounds may fade, and the act may be just one moment in time, but, the impact on others can be eternal.
Yes, Lord, I’ll play my drum for You.