Feel like you’re a nobody? Read this short story written by Wayne Rice and be inspired!

A little girl wanted to become a great pianist, but all she could play on the piano was the simple little tune, “Chopsticks”. No matter how hard she tried, that was the best she could do. Her parents decided after some time to arrange a greate maestro to teach her to play properly. Of course, the little girl was delighted.

When the little girl and her parents arrived at the maestro’s mansion, for the first lesson, they were escorted by the butler into the parlor, where they saw a beautiful concert grand piano. Immediately, the little girl dashed over to the piano and began playing “Chopsticks”. Her embarrassed parents started across the room to tell her to stop, but as she played, the maestro entered the room and encouraged the little girl to continue.

The maestro then took a seat on the piano bench next to the little girl, listening to her play. After a moment he began to play along with her, adding chords, runs, arpeggios. The little girl continued to play “Chopsticks”. Her parents couldn’t believe their ears. They were hearing a beautiful piano duet, played by their daughter and the maestro, and amazingly enough, the central theme of it was still “Chopsticks”.


At times you may feel like you’re a nobody, that God can’t use you to do great things. But think of that little girl. All she could play was “Chopsticks”.  Nobody wanted to hear “Chopsticks”. It was an embarrassment to her parents and annoying to everyone else. Yet the maestro encouraged her to keep on playing.

God knows that you can do. He created you with gifts and talents. Sure, compared to some people’s abilities, your gifts and talents may seem like “Chopsticks” – not very original and not very spectacular. But God says, “Keep on playing – and make some room on the piano bench for Me.” God is able to take the little that we are able to do and turn it into something beautiful for Him.