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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Note (02/07/13)

TITLE: Piano Practice
By Connie K Cameron


I delicately place my small fingers on the keys in front of me. My index finger on the middle C, just like I was told, and I start to play. First I go through all of my favorite songs, then I lay down on the piano bench, I need a break. I told myself.

I hear a voice from the kitchen, I dont here those notes! It was my mother, and I needed to sit back up and practice.

I love the piano, now, but at the time, I was young and I just wanted to watch the Brady Bunch.

Once a week when I was in grade school, I would spend an hour taking a piano lesson. Along with that, my mom set up a half an hour practice time every day. This went on for about three years. At the end of those three years I was an average piano player. I could read music and I could play three books full of basic songs. After those three years I played a little bit here and a little bit there but I never did get very good.

What is the difference between an expert or a professional piano player and me? I would say, love, time and dedication.

God has given us the gift of Jesus Christ. How much time should we spend with Him? One hour a week? One hour a week and a half an hour a day? As with my piano playing that might make us an average Christian. But if you really want to excel, it takes more. We should love Jesus, dedicate ourselves to Him, and practice the things that He wants to teach us.

Some of the ways to dedicate ourselves are:
1. Reading and studying the Bible; know God and what He wants for us.
2. Prayer; prayer makes us sharp. You can cut a lot of wood with a dull ax, but why would you want to work harder for less? Sharpen your ax
3. Fellowship; fellowship keeps the fire burning. It takes many pieces of wood, close together to make a good fire. If you take one of the burning sticks out of the fire and set it apart from the others, chances are it will go out. We need fellowship to keep us burning strong. And sometimes we need it the most when we want it the least.
4. Giving; our heart is where our treasure is, and not the other way around. Give to God, where He leads, and your heart will be with Him.
5. Ministry; ministry feeds us.

So whether its the piano, or living a Christian life, it takes love, time, practice and dedication to be more than average, to excel, so keep hitting those notes.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/17/13
I really enjoyed this. I think it was genius to show the similarity between being a good pianist and a good Christian.

I did notice you started in present tense then flipped to past and back again to present.

I think the making of a good devotion is to start with a true life lesson that most people can relate to. You did just that and your transition I to the biblical message was seamless. This is an extraordinary piece.
Yvonne Blake 02/20/13
Good advice. I like your analogy.