When I was a teenager, my parents bought me one of the comes-in-a-box guitars because I wanted to learn to play. I fiddled with it every once and a while, but never really tried to learn it.
Until one day I decided it was time. I got out the guitar and my electric tuner and was ready to get started. While tuning my guitar, I busted a string. While tuning. I didn’t know how I did it, but that was enough to convince me to give up.
That desire to play never went away though. My first year in college, I still wanted to play guitar. My friend and ex-band-mate gave me his old, but good condition, guitar to play. I enrolled in a Fundamentals of Guitar class at my college. And on the first day of class, waiting for it to start, I was tuning my guitar.
And I busted a string. Again. Tuning it.
I wanted to smash that guitar on the ground.
However, I figured out how I did it! You know how the head of the guitar has those little tuner keys? The one way on the top and closest to you is the key for the top string. Yeah, well, I got that key mixed up with the top key that is farthest away from me.
Just imagine me sitting there, strumming the top string, wondering why it’s not tuning as I continually crank the wrong tuner key until…
I made it through three classes, and again, I gave up.
I’ve always owned a guitar, every since my parents got me that first one. Even to this day, I still have a nice acoustic guitar in a very nice case and all the stuff required to play it.
But I can’t. I have never had the discipline to learn. I’ve attempted at least half a dozen times, but because I don’t improve right away, I give up.
In my life, I’ve also done this with my quiet time. A “quiet time” is supposed to be a portion of the day, usually 5 to 15 minutes, where you just sit, read a bit of the Bible and talk to God.
It’s a simple process, but it’s the best way to grow in your faith.
But I have a hard time sticking with it. Why? Because if I do it for a week and don’t notice an immediate improvement in my life, I get discouraged, and I quit. Just like the guitar.
And so, I have a really nice Bible sitting on my bookshelf that I rarely open at home.
The key to starting anything new is persistence. If you can start this one daily habit, just a few minutes with God in the morning to start your day in the right frame of mind, and do it every day for a month, you will look back and see radical improvements in your attitude and behavior.
As with anything, you just gotta stick with it.
So, as I make a commitment to start a quiet time routine today, I encourage you to join me. Dig into the Word and learn something new. Tune up your life. And create the beautiful music you’ve always wanted to play.