What’s that? my husband asked.
I looked in the direction of his finger and questioning eyes and smiled sadly.
“It’s a metronome,” I replied. “It helps keep you on beat as you play.” The device had sat forgotten on the piano for years.
As a teenager, my hands had glided across the keys furiously on a daily basis, but then when I started teaching there were essays to be graded, high school basketball games to attend, and youth group car washes to organize. The keys grew dusty.
My fingers no longer moved with agility the last time I sat down and placed them on the ivory.
Mastery comes with dedicated passion and practice. I’d let both fall to the way side.
We polished the instrument to help return its luster and donated it to a neighbor’s son. Music makes his heart come alive.
My heart forgot how to play the melody.
What might have been if I had made up my mind to rehearse and refine my skills?
I will never know.
This morning, I remembered my piano as I read my Bible. The NET version chooses the phrase “practicing the truth” to communicate Paul’s challenge to the church at Ephesus.
I want my heart to stay on beat with God’s rhythm.
I must pour my all into daily preparation. I cannot let myself grow distracted or disinterested. Nothing is more important than this discipline.
Something to think about…
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