My son’s piano teacher was explaining the concept of “blocking” out a piece of music. Blocking involves playing only the basic chord structure, leaving out filler and grace notes and fancy rhythms. Practice the piece that way, he was saying—even memorize it. That will give you an unshakable security once you start adding the other elements.
It occurred to me that we can develop intricate and complicated attitudes toward faith—which is not all bad, is it? We are creatures of God-given curiosity and intellect. The cosmos is rich, and so our souls and spirits reach out to explore that richness.
But sometimes, we might just need to sit in the quiet and block it out in a simpler way. My imagination and emotions can take me to a complicated place. Maybe I should try to strip all that out and, as Paul reminds Titus, focus on Jesus and, in response to him, find security in a life in which I’m deeply “eager to do what is good.”
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