The George Bragg Library

. . . from the "Director's Diary"

 

On Involvement (May 1973)

A choirboy inevitably asks himself one question during his years as a budding young adult - "How can I make the world a better place in which to live?" He may find the answer immediately, or he may live through the experiences of early adulthood, only to become overwhelmed by the necessities and economics of living and the cliches of the social patterns surrounding him.

During these 26 years, I have seen many choirboys come through the ranks of The Texas Boys Choir, about 1500, thus far. I have watched former choirboys choosing the paths for their lives.

I suppose the most difficult task that a young man has to make, upon his emancipation from home, is the seeming necessity of making himself economically secure. For some, this is the crucial moment which sees them leave the ideals and dreams of youth in pursuit of the fleeting phantom of financial stability. Some never return to enjoy what Life is really all about - sharing with one another and adoring and loving God.

It has been said that of all the major religions of the world - some established five or six centuries apart - all have a common discovery, a common principle for motivated action -1 choose the Christian version, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Christ said it, also, in briefer form - "Love your neighbor as yourself."

How can you make the world a better place in which to live? First, get involved in it - not just in order to make a living every educated man, if he be not a fool, can make a living - "consider the lilies of the field." Get involved in what is going on in this world. Care about it. Expend energies that "the greatest good for the greatest number" be the result of your efforts.

Plan the use of your life that it be not wasted. Know what the result of your work will be and pursue your purpose with loving devotion and willingly give any necessary sacrifice which may be required - never counting the cost.

Search deep within your soul to find honestly what gift God has bestowed on you – then develop it, relentlessly. Devote yourself to its fulfillment, knowing what you do is worthy to a servant of God. Look not for approval from your fellow-men, who may not be in a position to understand what God has directed you to do with your life.

Search for Knowledge, and in your searching find Truth. Come to know yourself as you really are, not as you may vainly hope to be. Recognize your strengths and your weaknesses. Surround yourself with those who would strengthen your attributes, and avoid those who would lessen your purpose or weaken your cause.

Once you have climbed out from the Valley of Fear, Doubt, or Insecurity, look to those who are still struggling from the Valley below to give them encouragement, hope and some assurance by your example of principle, applied.

Build good citizenry, for through it we build good government. Help to establish and continue fine schools and universal educational opportunities, for by it we prepare the way for happiness and prosperity of our citizens.

Excellence requires not only fine principles applied through sound knowledge, but it is the result of sufficient time for the creative part of bringing into existence, Excellence. Therefore, strive for economic abundance which can allow, and pay for, the luxury of time in the pursuit of Excellence.

And in all that you do, dwell on the giving - not the receiving. Express Love; do not require it be given you, for Love by its very nature cannot be required. Love is found in loving. We receive by giving. We find Grace by forgetting Self. We find Joy in the continuous expression of spiritual pursuits.

How can you make the world a better place in which to live? Get involved in it. Live your life to its fullest in every way. And if asked, point the way for your neighbor while you follow the path God has prepared for you.

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

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