by Macy Johnson
“Set your minds on things above,
not on earthly things.”
(Colossians 3:2 NIV)
help me juggle all these goings-on so they don’t land on my head,” I pleaded. I
cannot juggle balls like my son can, but I find myself often dealing with many
activities at a time.
and I have a list of things to do before warm weather comes in full force. Decks
need to be washed and outside furniture needs to be refurbished and rearranged.
Those are only a few of the summertime tasks to tackle.
employment as a church pianist produces a convoluted set of distractions. Organ
and piano duets during a worship service are tricky. Unlike accompanying a
soloist or other portable instrument, it is difficult for the organist and me
to keep eye contact even when we face each other. I listen to the organ’s notes,
but sometimes cannot hear them clearly as they are meshed in with the piano’s
notes. Strict focus is required.
The best musical
tool I can apply as an accompanist is to count the beats in a measure. If I
count and move from measure to measure methodically, I can accompany any performer.
If they lose focus and slip off the path, I keep a steady beat for them to find
their way back. Focus is key.
often wanders to the day’s activities or something someone said, and I must
jerk it back. I train myself to ignore distractions and set my mind on Christ. If
I don’t discipline my mind to focus on the Truth, I will be dragged away by
“At the end of your life you will
when your flesh and body are spent.”
(Proverbs 5:11 NIV)
focus on God while performing every task that He gives me. I hope you will, too!