How playing music with teenagers reminded me there is hope for the next generation.

Music.

I love music. I love listening to music, and I especially love playing music. I began to realize my love for percussion at a young age. In middle school, I startled a music teacher by tapping out 16th’s (a percussion measurement) on a desk during a rendition of the school song. He noticed what I was doing and asked if I had ever played percussion before? I answered “no” and kept right on tapping. I started playing the drums in small bands during High School, and instantly became enamored with all the big name rock drummers on the radio. During the school day, I would play beats on the desk that other students could rap over. The beats and sounds consistently filled my mind. I just knew that someday, I would be a famous drummer!

Many years later, I am not, and never was a famous drummer. I fill my time playing on a worship team at our church. Of all the great musicians I have had the opportunity to play with, the current team I play with is my favorite.

Why?

Because they have helped me learn something really important.

For many years, playing with different Bands, I thought that I was the most important member. I felt that the other band members were never as good as they could be. I would get frustrated when the musicians would not commit as much time to practice as I thought they should. I felt that the music was the most important thing.

But it’s not.

In this most recent season of my musical life, I play with a group of much younger musicians. Most of them are former youth students of ours, and the leader is our super hip Youth Pastor! Sometimes we have a full band, and sometimes it’s just two or three people. But regardless of how many we have, we are always together to glorify God, not ourselves.

See, these young folks have taught me that there is more to our lives that looking good, or being super successful at playing music. All that matters, is we do our very best, and leave the results up to God.

It really doesn’t matter how well we play the song, or if the tone is off key. The scriptures teach that whenever two or more of us are together, there God will be also,

Matthew 18:19-20 New Living Translation (NLT)

19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers,[a] I am there among them.”

That’s a pretty reassuring promise. And it applies to all of life, not just music. If we remember that Jesus promised to dwell among us when we are together, imagine the things that could happen?

But it will take every one of us. If the church could come together, resolve to focus on the task that Jesus set out before us (to spread the gospel and make disciples.) And not be distracted by our petty differences, we could change the world.

You can learn a lot from young people. I know my life has been impacted, just by playing music with them. Sometimes I imagine what God is going to do through their lives, how they are going to impact the world. I can only smile, because I am blessed to have been a small part of that.

Who would have thought that playing the drums would give me a chance to hang out with a group of world changers??

What do you think?

Till next week,

Pj.

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