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The Drummer Boy

As the new year starts I am reminded of the little drummer boy. You know the popular Christmas Carol, The Drummer Boy, which was originally known as “Carol of the Drum” which was written in 1941. The song tells about a little boy who was told to come see the new born King. Everyone would be honoring the newborn king by bringing their finest gifts to lay before him.  The Little Drummer Boy was poor and didn’t have any gifts fit for a king. What he could do though is play his drum.  Pa rum pum pum pum. The little boy began to play his very best for the new born king. Mary and the animals liked it, but the greatest gift was when the King smiled at him. The little drummer boy had offered his very best to the king. As we go into a new year, we should strive to give our best to the King!

We have all heard that no gift is too small for God. We should give from our heart - what we can - with a joyful heart. 2 Corinthians 9: 7, " Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." The little drummer boy got this. God wants to see us cheerfully giving whatever we have to give. 1 Corinthians 10: 31, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." When we are grateful for the grace and forgiveness, mercy and compassion shown to us we are grateful. And the spirit at work within us wants to be evident of that in our actions. We want to give back.

The little drummer boy reminds me of the widow and her two coins. Luke 21: 4, "All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on." She out of her poverty put in all she had to live on. What was Jesus' response to the two coins? Luke 21: 3, "Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others." Both the widow and the little drummer boy gave what they had. And with the little that they had they worshiped big! In their hearts, God was worth of their all! They knew God had given His all for them.


1 Peter 4: 10, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." We have all been given a gift and we should be using it to build up the Kingdom of God. We should give Him our best. He deserves our all. The lines at the end of the song are, "I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum. Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum. The newborn King was smiling at the little drummer boy. He was pleased with the music. One day we will stand before Jesus and see what His response is toward our gifts. We should be aiming to hear Matthew 25: 21, "Well done my good and faithful servant!”

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