Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: NEWS (07/05/18)
TITLE: New Music
By Jody Day
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“It’s time to explore F position, Landon. You already know the notes and where they are on the piano. Look at this new piece. Where do you think F position might be?” I set the new sheet music on the piano.
He pushed his glasses up from the end of his nose where they’d slipped. “It looks hard.”
“What have I said?” I smiled.
“You say that if I say something like that, my brain might believe it.”
“Right, and what do we say instead?”
“This looks like a challenge, but I can do it.”
“Fantastic. But I think that if you play slowly, you’ll find that it’s not that much of a challenge. You know everything you need to know to play this piece in F position. Go ahead and try. I’m right here if you need help.”
Landon placed his hands on the keys and began. He made mistakes on the upper notes, the ones he’d not played many times before.
“I hate to start over,” he said, crossing his arms.
“It’s OK, let’s do a little review and then try again.” I reached for my stack of flash cards. I wondered if he had something else on his mind, because I didn’t expect that he would have difficulty with this new concept.
He sailed through the flash card review. “I’ll try again.” He placed his hands on the keyboard and proceeded to make the same mistakes. His eyes teared over.
“Oh, sweetie, there’s no need to get upset. You’ll conquer this with a little time. Is there anything else the matter?” I took the music off the piano and put it away.
“Well, I learned something at church,” he said. He took his glasses off and looked at me.
“Wonderful, what was it?”
“Well, the bad things we do separate us from God. Jesus died on the cross for our sins so we don’t have to be separated. We just have to ask forgiveness for our sins and invite him into our heart. We get to be saved and go to heaven.”
Now it was my turn to tear up. To be six years old and be able to recount the gospel! “Yes, Landon, that’s right. I’m very happy that you know this, and you know how to say it. Good job.”
He sighed and put his glasses back on, and used his sleeve to wipe away his tears.
“So, that is a good thing, sweetie, why are you sad?”
“It’s just the best thing that anybody could ever hear. Why don’t some people believe? I want everybody to go to heaven.” He closed the lid over the keys.
That’s a question with a hard answer. Or is it? Father, help me.
“Well, you know how I’m always saying to be careful what you say because your brain might believe the lie? We have to tell ourselves the truth. I think it’s kind of like that. Some people either haven’t heard about Jesus, or they’ve heard the wrong thing.”
“How can I fix that?”
My heart went out to this young believer and his newfound compassion for the lost.
“Just like you’ve done today. You have to tell them the truth. The way you told me about Jesus today is just how you want to talk to others about him. Some might believe, and some might not, or not right now. You can do it.”
A light seemed to go on in his head. “Tell them the truth. Just like you tell me in piano when I want to believe that I can’t do it.” He grinned and opened the piano lid. “They get to be like a brand new piece of music.”
I smiled. The energy that emanated from his eyes seemed to birth a mission.
“I think I’d like to try that hard, I mean challenging piece in F position before I go.”
I set the music before him again, and he made better progress this time. He bounced out on happy feet when his mother arrived.
The future looks a little brighter.
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