Can you name the wealthiest person in the world? How about last years winners of the Nobel Peace Prize? Best Actor last year? Miss America? Most find it difficult to come up with those answers – we seem to forget the ‘famous’ people of yesterday. But can you name the teacher who had the most influence on your life? A friend who helped you through a crisis? The person who taught you a great lesson?
Applause dies away . . . awards can tarnish and achievements are all too soon forgotten it seems. The people who make the real difference in our lives generally are not the ones with the most money, the best looks or the most awards. They are the ones that simply care about us.
Our organization offers boys a gift of character to a character-starved world . . . it teaches diligence and perseverance of long-term emotional involvement in a society that screams for instant gratification.
We seem to live in a society today that prides itself on instant everything . . . communication, delivery and satisfaction. There are Quick-Stops for gas and food, faxes, e-mails and cell phones! We don’t have to wait for anything anymore . . . but there is a price. We pay for our instant society in ways we may not even understand. Whatever happened to waiting . . . to patience?
These are times of fast food and slow digestion – more eating, but less nutrition. These are the days of two incomes, to buy things quicker – but more divorce . . . of fancier houses, but broken homes.
We have larger bodies and shorter tempers; higher incomes, but lower morals; more knowledge, but less judgement.
It seems that we’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life – we’ve added years to our lives . . . not life to our years. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We watch too much TV and pray too seldom.
Our boys learn that their talent is a special treasure used to bring happiness into the lives of others . . . and that in doing so – happiness to them as well.
The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas is not the kind of place where boys have to be . . . it’s the kind of place where boys want to be!