Intentional Faith Development- Day 4

     I started playing drums when I was 10 years old- I have been playing for 39 years. (YOU do the math!) The book I first used when I was learning how to play was The Haskell Harr Drum Book. I still have it…or rather a copy of it (the original copy I had wore out years ago!), and it is a hoot to look at. The “model” in the pictures is a young man with short blond hair, black “Buddy Holly” horned-rim glasses and an old-school black suit with a white shirt and a skinny black tie. It looks MUCH less like a kid playing the drums and MUCH more like a kid from 1963 getting ready for a school dance!

     In the book, it shows, among other things, how to hold the drumsticks. It shows one method, with the palm facing down, for the right hand and a second method, with the palm facing up, for the left hand. That may have been how folks used to hold drumsticks “back in the day”, but for me…and EVERY drummer I’ve EVER known, it is NOT a comfortable, workable way to hold them. SO…I started to hold them the way that felt comfortable to me. That is…until the next time I had my lesson with our band teacher! I started playing, and he immediately “called” me on the way I was holding my left hand stick. I explained how it was a much more comfortable, natural way to hold the stick. But he said, “You NEED to hold it the other way.” I was a rather compliant child (hard to imagine, I know!), but also had issues with authority (NOT hard to believe, I know!), so I said, “Why?” His response was, “What do you mean?” “I mean, why do I have to hold it that way, just because that’s the way the kid in the book holds it?” He spluttered for a bit, then said…no kidding…”Because that’s the way we’ve always done it!” (I continued to hold it the way I wanted to…and STILL hold it that way, 39 years later!)
     It’s so amazing how “married” to “we’ve always done it that way” we can be, isn’t it? We get SO used to doing something one way…we can’t imagine that there could possibly be a different…maybe even BETTER…way to do something. But my experience is that, if we are unable to consider trying other approaches…we simply cannot grow beyond  certain point. There is NO facet of our lives that is the same as it was 20 years ago…10 years ago…even 5 years ago. And yet, we try SO hard to hang on to those old ways. Now, don’t misunderstand, there ARE some “old” ways that are still GREAT ways to do things- I still fry chicken the way my mother-in-law’s GRANDMA use to fry chicken! But there are LOTS of areas of life where we can benefit SO much from embracing new… different… ways of doing things. (Frankly, why anyone would buy a paper map to drive from Point A to Point B when things like Mapquest and GPS exist is beyond me!)
     What areas of YOUR life need…refreshing? What are the things that you could stand to let go of, to move on to something new? I would wholeheartedly encourage you to A. identify those areas, and B. have the courage to make those changes…embrace them. Out of new ideas can come spiritual growth, and we are encouraged by our Creator to be intentional in our spiritual growth! Thanks for stopping by- I pray you have a blessed day! Please make sure and come back again tomorrow, and stick with Jesus!

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