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The Piano Lesson


Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took
the small boy to a Paderewski concert. 

After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and
walked down the aisle to greet her. 

Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the
little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked "NO

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the
mother returned to her seat and discovered that her son was missing. 

Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive
Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at
the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." 

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved
to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit, keep playing." 

Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began
filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other
side of the child and he added a running obligatio. 

Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening
situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was

That's the way it is with God. 

What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best,
but the results aren't exactly graceful flowing music. But with the hand
of the Master, our life's work truly can be beautiful. 

Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You
can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, "Don't quit,
keep playing." 

Feel His loving arms around you. Know that His strong hands are playing
the concerto of your life. 

Remember that God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called. And
He'll always be there to love and guide you on to great things...


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