• Josh Carmody

The Lesson Behind the Piano Lesson


My daughter, Madison, has taken piano lessons every Monday night for the past 6-8 weeks. Piano lessons are a financial commitment for my wife and I and a time commitment for my daughter. Madison is learning scales, notes on the piano, finger positioning, and so much more! Piano lessons are definitely worth the investment of time and money.

In addition to lessons, she is spending almost 20 minutes every day practicing. From time to time she will ask me for help. I used to play piano, I took lessons for years growing up, and I have found that I can help her when she is stuck or confused about something.

I haven't taken lessons or played the piano much at all in almost 25 years. Even though it has been a long time since I have played, it has started to come back to me. I remember where fingers are supposed to go and how to cross your fingers over when you play. These are small things, and no I can't play any songs, but after all of these years, I still can find my way around a piano.

Have you ever noticed this in your life? Maybe you decided to ride a bicycle or a motorcycle after years of life on two legs. Did it surprise you how easy it was to get back on and ride? Or maybe you heard a song the other day, one that you haven't heard in decades, and it brings you back to a time when you first heard that song. Or maybe you smell a baked good and it reminds you of a certain loved one. Why is that?

I'm sure there's some scientific reason, and people have probably written books about this, but I am not going to do a google search right now.

I think our minds were created to remember. We have a way of hiding things away in our mind and bringing them back when we need them!

Check out this verse:

Psalm 119:11 (NLT) "I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

You and I have the capacity to remember scripture so that we do not make poor choices and mess up our lives. I can think of countless times when a scripture has come to my mind and has helped me through a situation or helped me overcome temptation. I might not remember the scripture word for word, or where to find it, but I remember it when I need it.

For example, I have memorized Deuteronomy 4:29. This scripture is an encouragement to God's people after they have wandered away from Him.

Deuteronomy 4:29 (NLT) "But from there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him."

No matter how far you wander from God, you will find Him when you LOOK for Him. That's good stuff!

I am encouraged to keep on reading the Bible and memorizing verses. There is far more value in that than in riding a bicycle (in my opinion anyway).

How about you? Do you have a favorite verse that you have committed to memory? Please comment and join in the discussion!

Until Monday, Josh


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I work at New Covenant Christian Church in Fort Dodge, IA. Everything here, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of New Covenant Christian Church.