Madeleine L’Engle on People First

Madeleine L’Engle on People First

April 9, 2013 by

If the choir was to be a success, the obvious first thing to do was to ease out some of the problem voices. I couldn’t do it. I don’t know why, but something told me that every single person in that choir was more important than the music. “But the music is going to be terrible,” I wailed to this invisible voice. “That doesn’t matter. That’s not the reason for this choir.” I didn’t ask what was, but struggled along. The extraordinary, lovely thing was that the music got to be pretty good, far better, I am now convinced, than it would have been if I’d put the music first and the people second. –Madeleine L’Engle (A Circle of Quiet)

Learn more about Madeleine L’Engle in our ebook, Church Communication Heroes Volume 1: Lessons From Those Who Have Gone Before. and read our review of Walking on Water.

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