Life: For Idiots
I received my first acoustic guitar around my 16th birthday. I had just started homeschool a few months before, and I wanted to kill two birds with one stone. I decided to start learning guitar for 2 reasons. Both to give me something else to do and to use my learning it as an elective for school. I’ve always loved music! I remember when I was little I would mess around with the piano and play by ear. It actually wasn’t too bad. When I was in 6th grade, I was in band for a year; playing the trombone. I still only played by ear! I also remember when I was young hearing my mother and sisters harmonizing a lot in church as they sang. Every now-and-then I could match pitch with them.
I’ve always loved music, but I had never had foundation. If I was going to learn guitar, I wanted to know it inside and out. I didn’t want to just have a “feeling” that I was making the right sounds. I wanted to know everything about the instrument. So I bought a book called, “Guitar: For Idiots.” It taught me the fundamental things about music. So much so that today, several years later, I have more knowledge about music than I do skill! I can pick up just about any instrument and in a few minutes learn how to apply my musical knowledge to it. I learned the basics, and the rest came naturally with time.
Christianity is the same way! Scripture is almost like a “Life: For Idiots” book. I don’t know what I’m doing on my own. I need the wisdom of God and His character. Do you ever get tired of playing life by ear? Do you ever wonder if you are “doing life” right? 1 John 3:23 says that God’s command for our lives is this: to believe, and to love! When we learn this fundamental truth, we have foundation. The rest will come will come super-naturally by the Spirit of Christ! -Jesse