“I wear a wooden cross given to me by two Russian Missionaries, working and preaching at a local church in New Mexico, because it is a symbol of the good work that I’m doing with Music in Education around the world.” ~ Jon Barnes
Since I wear black clothes with a cross around my neck, people assume that I am a missionary, minister, or priest. However, I’m just a good guy who loves to read the bible as much as possible, which is my reply. Good people having fun should be talked about more often.
As a minority, I am surrounded by New Mexicans, Spanish, and Indian cultures and I teach almost 700 of their children how to play the trumpet each week. The music is used to build confidence, fine motor skills, problems solving, math, language, and they read my book in class. Students respond to great information in all the same ways.
Since I hold influence, students are paying close attention to what I say and do. My moral compass is under a microscope in every way to give an example of an honest lifestyle of character for God. I have a lot to learn, as people are always watching you.
As a humbled person, have you picked up your wooden cross to follow Jesus to inspire others to read and live by Biblical ethics?
Enjoy The Reading
The Greatness of Mordecai
10 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores.2 And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 Mordecai the Jew was second in rankto King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.