Monday, February 24, 2014
Faith Lessons and My Guitar
I practiced almost daily for six months and then life began to get in the way. My practice time waned over the next couple of months and then a new endeavor began to take up all my time and I stopped playing all together. My guitar sat there on its stand in my living room gathering dust and I’d think to myself, “I should just pick it up and start playing.” But then I turned on the TV or picked up a book instead. After several months the strings relaxed causing the guitar to become severely out of tune. I missed playing, but still I found myself picking up those old excuses again instead of my guitar. Then last month, I missed it so much that in the middle of the night, I picked up my guitar, tuned it, and began to strum. It really hurt because the callouses on my fingertips had soften and some of the chords were harder to form again, but it was such a beautiful sound and I just kept on playing. Today, I’m back taking lessons and practicing. It was hard at first to motivate myself again to practice regularly, but it’s getting easier and I don’t have to start over from scratch because I remember a lot of what I learned before.
Much like my passion for the guitar, God’s call and claim on my life has always been inside of me. For too many years, I pushed it aside for any and every excuse I could find until I couldn’t ignore him anymore—I put aside my feeble excuses. I realized that I didn’t know God or even what was and wasn’t true about him so I found an authority—in this case the bible. This friend introduced me to this God who had been tugging at my heart. Soon after, I was convicted to join a fellowship of believers and their experiences and passions helped me to learn and understand more about the Lord, his love and grace, and his desire to reconcile the world through the obedience of his disciples. Those first years weren’t easy (and sometimes even painful) to be obedient to the Lord’s teachings. I won’t pretend that I didn’t make endless mistakes. After all, human nature is sinful and there was only one prodigy when it comes to sinlessness and he is our Lord. However, the more I practiced my faith, the easier it got to be passionately faithful every day.
Posted by Maureen Profeta