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You’ll Get to Play Them All

Yesterday was an exciting day in my elementary music classroom. At least I think so. The children got to play four different instruments: hand drums, rhythm sticks, tambourines, and triangles!

We hadn’t played the triangle before, so I demonstrated the proper technique. Of course, my students were anxious to try out this new instrument, but there weren’t enough of them to go around.

“We’ll take turns,” I said with a grin. “Don’t worry, boys and girls, no matter what instrument you start with, you’ll get to play them all!”

So, after randomly passing out six triangles, and assigning each row of kids one of the other three instruments, the fun began. Each time we played through a song, we traded instruments and enjoyed another one.

Everybody was having a blast, except one little boy. He just sat there, tears rolling down his face.

I offered him a tissue; this is always a good door-opener. “What’s the matter, young man?” I said with genuine concern. “I want to play a triangle,” he blubbered. “Everyone does,” I responded. “That’s why we’re taking turns.

I encouraged him to choose another instrument and wait for his debut on the triangle, but he refused. My student sat there and quietly sobbed, mopping his face with a soggy tissue for the rest of the class period.


It’s common for some children to struggle with delaying gratification. As I watched my young friend languish in unnecessary sorrow, I realized: it’s the same with the children of God. Sometimes, when we don’t get what we want, we’d rather throw an unholy hissy fit than wait our turn.

Meanwhile, Jesus reaches with open arms, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” –John 15:7 (NIV)

Kind reader, our journey with Christ is like a parade, and God has the aerial view. But all we can see is what passes in front of us. Keep faith! On the road to heaven we’ll get to “play them all.”

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV

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Christian Blog grace

He Gives More Grace

This past week at summer school, a first grader, I’ll call him Chris, read a book to me. Chris is working hard to learn his consonant blends and diagraphs. The hi-lighted word is an example.

When Chris sees the “sh” that starts the word shape, he’s still learning to put the sound of s and h together—-shh. The story of Bucky the Beaver is filled with blends and diagraphs. There are five more on this page alone. Can you find them?

Here’s the thing, Chris has already completed the first grade; he should have a pretty good grasp of these concepts by now. But he’s not quite there. Thankfully, summer school is a great opportunity for remedial learning.

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation

2 Peter 3:15a (NIV)

As I listened to my young friend read, helping him here and there, it reminded me of how patient God is with each of us. Frankly, I should have a pretty good grasp of Christian concepts by now. But I’m not quite there.

He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9b (NIV)

Kind reader, since God is so patient with us, we would do well to be patient with each other. Many of us aren’t “quite there,” after all. Today, and every day, may we give more grace —just like the Lord.

If you, O Lord, keep a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

Psalm 130:3 (NIV)

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Slow Down to Get Around

The other day I got stuck in the slow lane behind a garbage truck. Even with the air on recirculate, I could smell the contents of a McDonald’s dumpster. “Well, this stinks,” I said through clenched teeth.😬

Finally, I was able to slide over into the fast lane, only to get caught by a red light.😖 But that’s when I had time to read the sign on the back.

“How can I get around you if I slow down?!”🤔 I asked the offensive truck. Then I realized what the sign means. When one is traveling in a neighborhood behind a giant garbage truck, it’s best to pass it carefully. You don’t want to hit a sanitation worker, or meet another vehicle head on.


A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:11

Frankly, the sign on the garbage truck was a sign from God. At least for me. Recently, I’ve felt a bit stuck (that’s twice in one post) behind situations that, quite simply, stink. The temptation to speed around them has been strong.

So, what if I WANT you to follow a proverbial “garbage truck” for awhile?” said the Holy Spirit. “Is it really a deal-breaker?” Well, when you put it that way, Lord… I suppose I can slow down to get around.

Is it okay if I hold my nose?

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