I just wanted to add to what Paul has said.
I was listening to a Catholic radio show and the guy was talking about giving into Christ and stuff like that.
I play flute and practice often, sometimes an hour a day in addition to playing in a Church youth choir so my question is:
- In order to give myself to God, dedicate myself to Him, and surrender into Him, do I have to give up playing the flute?
- Will this get in the way of my path to Christ?
I sense, in your mind, that dedicating yourself to Him and surrendering yourself to Him may involve a religious vocation.
Not necessarily. What it comes down to is vocation and our calling. We were all created for a specific purpose in life. Our job is to discern that vocation. Some are called to one vocation; others are called to different vocations.
For 2,000 years, Catholic Christians have been passing the full Gospel Message of Jesus from one generation to the next.
Let me ask you a question:
- If all the road construction people in the world, who are responsible for our highways and streets, left for the monastic life, what would happen to our highway infrastructure?
- If all the airplane mechanics left for the monastic life, how would the Holy Father make World Youth Day around the world on an annual basis?
- If all the fire fighters left for the monastic life, how would society exist if weather conditions brought danger to people’s homes?
- If all the police officers left for the monastic life, how would society function in an orderly Christian manner?
If all the professional drummers, violinists, and flutists left the major orchestras around the world that people hear on special days like:
- The 4th of July
- Holy Seasons at the Vatican, and
On New Years Day
and left for the monastic or religious life:
What would happen to the sound of this beautiful music?
When we discover our true vocation and dedicate our life to that vocation, we are dedicating our lives to God Himself because, as Christians, by Baptism, Jesus is working through us and therefore through His Body on earth.
This is why Christian Baptism for any non-Christian reading this answer is so important. Once we are baptized, our good works are done, In Christ, not apart from Him, and are therefore become meritorious.
- When we exercise our vocation poorly, we are seen as poor witnesses of the Gospel Message.
- When we exercise our vocation the best we can, we are witnessing the Gospel Message as it should be.
I hope this helps,