I find a lot of people are surprised to find out that I have been playing piano for well over a decade. I’m so caught up with my work that my identity can often come from that and people are usually surprised when I talk about anything that I do outside of my radio show. Recently I was visiting a friend and they had a really nice piano so I just sat down and started playing. He was amazed, because apparently it never came up in conversation over the 2 or so years since we met. I’ve learned a lot of things from playing the piano, especially since I have stuck with it for so many years. In the early years I learned how to express myself through music and I was given the opportunity to compete and feel things like accomplishment when I finished a piece or excitement when I won a competition. As time went on I hit the stereotypical, “this isn’t cool phase”, but I pushed through that. A few more years went by and there were times where I just wanted to throw in the towel and give up. I even thought about switching to guitar because it’s what the song writers I admired mostly used when writing a lot of their songs. I stuck with it though and here I am, 23 years old. All I can say is thank God that I was able to stick with the practice even though sometimes I didn’t want to put in the work, or I didn’t enjoy the pieces that I had to perform. As I look back on my accomplishments there is one thing that really stands above the rest, if I didn’t put in the consistent practice time and go through the seemingly insignificant details that eventually allowed me to master different pieces, I would not be able to call myself a pianist today.
There are some people I know who are good people, with genuinely good hearts. They care for others and they care for the world around them. If I asked any of them to help me out with anything at all, even if it was 3 in the morning, I know that they would drop everything and help me out. I’m sad for them and I’ll tell you why. They are Christians, but they don’t put in the time to really seek out who God is. They know the stories and the famous verses and could probably carry a pretty good theological debate but it’s easy to hear and see that they are sometimes speaking out of their head knowledge and not heart knowledge. Now, before I come across as judgmental, the reason why it took so long for this blog to come to light was because honestly I felt really convicted myself. I spend the majority of time doing ministry, I would say about 90% of my time is ministry and 10% is leisure. I’m sure to a lot of people that sounds great, maybe even a dream. I have been asking myself some really tough questions recently, how much time do I spend not just doing good but seeking God? How much time do I spend of my free time away from my ministry getting into the Word, and diligently praying? I know my job and what it requires better than anyone else. There is a time commitment, but there is also a spiritual commitment. Every night for 4 hours I am blessed to speak into the lives of people all over central Ontario and beyond. Every night I pour out what God has given me to say and as a result often see lives transformed. You have to understand though, when you are constantly pouring out of yourself, eventually you can run dry. If I am to be transparent, I would say that has happened to me in the past. I have hit that point and it shows up in my show every single time. I was thinking about this one day and then it hit me, how can a Christian live a spirit led life apart from the spirit? You can’t.
Let me encourage you, you can’t spend 23 hours in the world, be it work, relaxation time, recreational time or even vacation time and then only 1 hour or less with God and expect to be able to move the mountains that you are called to move. Does this mean that you have to start waking up at 3am every morning to get prayer and Bible study time in before you go to work? For a season maybe if that is your schedule but, that is extreme so I would say probably not. It is vital to take little moments throughout the day to just create a constant atmosphere in your life where God is welcomed in your day to day. Keep God in your conversations, keep God in the way you conduct yourself, at work take a few moments to just maybe put the headphones in and listen to some worship music or pray. On your break bring your Bible every once and awhile. A church without the spirit is not the church. It’s not about simply time, it’s about respect and honour and a life style where God is welcomed in all that you do. He doesn’t want to take your time, He has called you and needs you to be out doing His work, but within that, don’t forget to get the refreshing and bring Him along. If you do, you will set yourself up for a successful, spirit filled life. Just like with my piano practise, if I didn’t put in the time I wouldn’t have seen the results, it’s the same thing with our walk with God.