Have you ever looked back on your past and pondered the beginning of something that is significant in your life? It just seems like this “something” has always been there, but then God reminds you that it hasn’t. You can’t imagine your life without it and don’t really want to. Well, God got my attention and let me relive some of my past to remind me just what an important part He played in something that seemed so insignificant at the time. So sit back, relax, and enjoy another chapter of my story.
So there I was. Seven years old at school, but I wasn’t at my school. I was at another school for something else. I was there to attend my cousins’ spring piano recital. I’d never been to anything like that before. I didn’t know what to expect, but once I got there, I really enjoyed hearing everyone play all of their polished pieces. It was such a fun night!
I remember this next part just like it was yesterday. My mom asked me if I’d like to begin taking piano lessons. I didn’t even think twice. I said yes. It didn’t seem like a significant decision at the time. It just felt like the right thing to do. I didn’t have a clue that God was behind all of this, but He was. Oh how His providential hand was guiding every part of my story – even when I didn’t realize it.
I began my lessons and didn’t look back. Hours and hours of practice every week. Recitals. Piano competitions. Playing at my church. Playing for weddings. Playing for my junior high and high school choruses. Playing for another local church as a pipe organist. Receiving a college music scholarship. Traveling in several college music groups while carrying a full semester load of classes for all four years. Teaching piano. Leading worship at different churches. My musical history in a nutshell.
And to think all of this came from one simple question that my mom asked me. I am forever grateful that my parents invested so much into me with all of my musical endeavors. God used them to get me where I am today. So in a sense, my parents were planting seeds in my life before they even realized it.
As I share my gift of music, my greatest desire is for God to use it to share hope, healing, encouragement, and love to everyone – whether they experience it live and in-person or online through my music videos. Every life that is changed isn’t just attributed to God using me, but it’s also attributed to God using my parents many years ago to invest in something that has become so impactful in my life and many others. So when we get to Heaven, God is going to reward some very special people who have invested so much into me and who gave me the chance to try something that I just might enjoy. Those special people are none other than my parents. I owe it all to them, and to think that it all started from one simple question that my mom asked me. One simple question! One simple question that greatly changed my life!
So when you look back on your life, remember all of your small beginnings. Don’t ever forget where it all started. Ponder how God used something so small and seemingly insignificant to change your life and future. You’ll then see that those “small” things weren’t that small after all. Those “small” things were actually the “big” things that God used to bring you to where you are today. Cherish it all!