Until last year, I never really considered myself a musician.
I can hear some of you making snide remarks and noises, but hear me out. Yes, I play the piano, and have done so in church for most of my life. Yes, I have sung in a choir since Laverne Johnson led us in the preschool department at Orlinda Baptist Church.
But all of that was done on a very voluntary, not-getting-paid-for-it kind of basis. I would always try to do my best, but in the back of my mind I knew that if I didn’t really have time to prepare it would be okay because I was only volunteering in the first place.
Then there is the little fact that I went to Belmont University … and studied English. Most people are pretty disappointed when they learn that I went to Belmont … and did not study music.
I think one of the reasons I enjoyed Belmont so much was that I got to be around music and musicians, but didn’t have to do all of the hard work (and the 7:00 a.m. classes!) that go along with majoring in it.
Anyway, I digress. Now, I spend more time working on music than I ever have in my life. I play the piano for the choral classes at Apollo High School, and let me tell you boys and girls, this is REAL music. I have to study and practice in order to be able to play this stuff. I even broke out the old metronome recently!
Then, there’s what I do with music at church. I realize that I actually do fewer ACTIVITIES than I have done in the past, but I spend more TIME on what I am doing than I ever have!
Tomorrow morning will be packed with all of these things. I will spend time at school, where I will leave to go to church to work on Sunday’s service, and then on to a meeting to get ready for our Kidz Choir kick-off (say that ten times fast).
Yet, it’s all good. It’s good to stretch and learn and grow. I’m maturing in a skill in which I have a lot of years and money invested.
I’ve met a lot of people in the past year that I would not have met otherwise. I have the opportunity to be an influence on a group of kids that I would not otherwise get to know. I am getting better at what I do.
So, what areas have you stretched yourself in lately? Do you have a skill or a hobby that you would like to invest more time in developing? Is there something new that you would like to learn?