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Offer up Your Gift - Antonio Stradivarius

A young boy Antonio loves music, but his voice was high and squeaky, and so he did not make the tryouts for the Cremona Boy’s Choir. When he took violin lessons, the neighbours persuaded his parents to make him stop. Yet Antonio still wanted to make music.

His friends gave him a hard time because his only talent was cutting things up. When Antonio was older he served as an apprentice to a violin-maker. He learnt to cut out wood and developed the skill of carving. His hobby became his craft. He worked patiently and faithfully. By the time he died, he left over 1,500 violins, each one bearing a label that read, “Antonio Stradivarius.” They are the most sought-after violins in the world and sell for more than $100,000 each.

Antonio couldn’t sing or play or preach or teach but he used his ability, and his violins are still making beautiful music today.


Our potential is God’s gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to Him.