Duke Ellington

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Starting in the 1930s, Duke Ellington led the most sought-after band in the world. From New York to New Delhi, he played unparalleled jazz.

In the Smithsonian, a piece of paper in the Duke's handwriting says, "The greatest thing one man can do for another is to pray for him." A friend quoted Duke as saying, "My music is how I pray."

So, our work is our prayer. Are you willing to offer up what you do every day as a prayer to God? That's a humbling thought.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge with some encouragement from Duke Ellington. Take seriously what you do every day. Make it an expression of your faith—and pray for each other—as part of the high calling of our daily work.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

(1 Thess. 5:16-18)