A Lesson from my students

ID-100220921I just finished teaching a piano lesson to a young girl who is the fourth child in her family to take lessons. When I first taught her brothers, it was soon obvious that written music was not a part of their lives.  They were great students, but so many things that I take for granted that people would know about music was not a part of their understanding.  What a thrill to teach them all!

However, as I watch this youngest sibling, I am amazed at her progress and her talent.  In fact, each sibling has gone further and learned faster than the last!  Is there a reason for this?  I believe it is called ‘exposure.’  Because she has been exposed to three other siblings who have diligently practiced the piano within her earshot, she breezes through the books at an amazing pace.  Is she more talented than the others?  I don’t think so.  They have all been excellent students.  The difference is what she has been exposed to!

And what a wonderful application we can make as Christians!  Does it make a difference in our children’s lives what they are exposed to?  Will they be affected by what comes across the television screen…or the stereo… or the computer?  Will they learn anything by our actions…our words…our attitudes?

We have so much influence on our children!  If we allow bad habits, endure them, knowing that they are wrong but never taking the time to allow the Lord to help us win the victory over them, so often our children come at us with the same glaring habits blown to epic proportion!

Oh, where would we be without our Balm of Gilead?  The sweet perfume of His presence influences every time we draw nigh to Him!  We would be lost, literally and figuratively, without the goodness of God.  What a privilege to be able to ‘expose’ ourselves to the goodness of God as often as we choose.

 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness…

Romans 11:22

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I've been blogging for several years now, and continue to be thankful for the opportunity to share my heart, as well as hone my writing skills. When I was urged to write about my passion, three things came to mind: my God, my family, and music. I am a born-again believer of Jesus Christ. My doctrine is Baptist, my stand is fundamental. I love the Word of God and want to share how it has changed my life. It is my primary passion; however, my family is the close second! God has blessed me with a wonderful godly husband who has led me and discipled me in my walk with Christ. God also gave us three wonderful children who, along with their spouses, all love the Lord and are passionate soldiers in God's army as well. Add seven grandchildren, and my heart is overflowing with praise to my God! Music comes in third and is a great burden on my heart. We all need to find what is acceptable and pleasing to God in this area. Like every area of the Christian life, we cannot just choose music because we like it.

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