“He replied, ‘My mother and brothers are those who
hear God’s word and put it into practice.’”
(Luke 8:21 NIV)
I leaned against the cinder-block wall in the Morgan County Middle School Fine Arts wing.
Selections from a Broadway musical resounded within the Drama classroom. Through the door I watched 7th graders swing their arms and gracefully step in time to the spirited music.
The Band classroom’s walls echoed the school’s fight song. Tubas slightly out of tune, drums miscued, and blaring trumpets gradually birthed harmony out of cacophony.
In the Chorus classroom, clear, young voices produced a jovial song, muffled only by heavy classroom doors. I slipped inside, sat at the keyboard, and helped bring several rehearsed songs to life. I am honored with the privilege of accompanying school ensembles in my community.
My passion for music was launched the day I met my best friend’s antique, upright-grand piano. Little did I know, asking for my own piano would result in weekly lessons and at least thirty minutes a day seated at the black-and-white keys.
I dreaded daily practice for five long years until my teacher recommended I attend a junior high school where students were encouraged to accompany their choruses. As an accompanist, hours of practice at the piano was suddenly a joy and still is these many years later.
Excellence must be practiced in order to effectively reflect Christ’s perfection. I practice to read God’s word, pray, and obey His commands. I practice to be a noble and loving wife, mother, and Nana. I practice to be a formidable Bridge opponent. The axiomatic saying, “use it or lose it” is true!
As a child of God, I will strive to put His word into practice today. I hope you will, too!