A Wise (Old) Man

A man I respect very much, shared this quote with me today:

“If I always do what I’ve always done,

I’ll always get what I’ve always got!”

I opened my journal to scribble it down, and as I did so, my eyes strayed to the sentence I had written immediately preceding the quote: I feel like I could definitely try harder, but it’s kind of all I can do right now to do what I’m doing.

I laughed out loud, and then I thought about the implication. Sometimes Heavenly Father gives us answers in the scriptures or by the whisperings of the Spirit, but sometimes our answer comes when someone tells us exactly what we need to hear. Elder Lenker was an instrument in God’s hands today, and he didn’t even know it. In fact, he thought he was just being cheeky.

I’d like to share the story of a young piano student. His mother, wishing to encourage him, bought tickets for a performance of the great Polish pianist, Paderewski. The night of the concert arrived and the mother and son found their seats near the front of the concert hall. While the mother visited with friends, the boy slipped quietly away.

Suddenly, it was time for the performance to begin and a single spotlight cut through the darkness of the concert hall to illuminate the grand piano on stage. Only then did the audience notice the little boy on the bench, innocently picking out ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.’

His mother gasped, but before she could move, Paderewski appeared on stage and quickly moved to the keyboard. He whispered to the boy, ‘Don’t quit. Keep playing.’ And then, leaning over, the master reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the other side, encircling the child, to add a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized.

“In our lives, unpolished though we may be, it is the Master who surrounds us and whispers in our ear, time and time again, ‘Don’t quit. Keep playing.’ And as we do, He augments and supplements until a work of amazing beauty is created. He is right there with all of us, telling us over and over, ‘Keep playing.’” (James E. Faust)

Today, through Elder Lenker, my Savior gently reminded me to keep playing.

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2 responses to “A Wise (Old) Man

  1. Where on earth do u find such applicable pics? Lol! Girls got skills…

  2. I keep forgetting to show my wife your name, Alleluia! She’ll just die.
    I like that quote, especially juxtaposed with your previous journal entry. That is EXACTLY how I feel right now. Excelsior, I suppose. Onward and upward!

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