Nothing comes from nothing… nothing ever could.
The first phrase came from a line in Shakespeare’s play King Lear. The whole sentence is part of the song Something Good from The Sound of Music.
Nothing is for nothing… nothing ever would. This sentence is my paraphrase for an important lesson I learn as a Sunday School teacher in toddler/nursery classes. Perhaps some of you teaching young kids could relate to this.
Have you tried telling a story to a toddler? It is sometimes like 对牛弹琴playing the lyre to the cow or talking to the walls. It often seemed to me that nobody is listening or if they were, would they even remember much less understand what I am talking about. Well, surprise, surprise! It gives me great encouragement each time a parent shared how her child sings the song we sang, or repeats what he/she hears in class.
Indeed nothing comes from nothing and nothing is for nothing. We just celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection. His death is not for nothing. All our works and testimonies for him are not for nothing. Whatever little tiny weeny thing we do for the Lord is not for nothing. So do not feel discouraged when it seems that no one notices, when no one appreciates, when it seems that you are playing the flute for the elephant, because God sees and God knows. And someday, the fruit of our labor will be richly rewarded in heaven.
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.