Do you go on dates with your child? Last week I had the pleasure of hanging out with my almost-ten-year-old son and guess what we did?
We went to a concert. A drum and percussion extravaganza! “Why a drumming concert?” I hear you ask. Well, one reason was to encourage my son with his piano playing.
This was no ordinary concert. It was a concert in which the performers were also given time to share about themselves , as well as showcase their techniques. All four artists said that to get to where they were required practice, and persistence.
My son has gotten used to acquiring many skills with very little effort. He’d managed to “coast along” through his piano lessons…until a few weeks ago. A piece that his teacher had suggested for his first piano exam had only taken a few weeks for him to master. This was not the case for subsequent pieces, and the more mistakes he made, the more discouraged he became, to the point of not wanting to practice, and wanting give it all up! As musicians, my husband and I have been through this scenario many times over between us. Another teachable moment was in store.
When we got home after the concert my husband and son had a chat, and this is part of what I heard.
Husband:”How do you think the musicians got to where they are?”
Son: “Ok, I know. LOTS of practice.”
These words came to mind…
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
PHILIPPIANS 3:12 (NIV)
All the drummers wanted to share their passion for music, and to encourage others on their musical journeys. In order to reach their long term goals they had to keep setting short-term goals, as players, as students and as teachers. At times this involved changing their short-term goals altogether!
The evening presented itself with parallels to my son’s goal of playing a piano exam early next year… and my life, and journey with God!
I want my life to be lived for His Glory, with others, for others, wherever people might find themselves when I cross their paths. It seems that our mother-son date made an impact on my son, and on ME!
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where it’s been a challenge to continue? Lucky you if you haven’t!! It’s in these moments that God wants to grow us. Let’s press on!