Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Steady Tempo

About 3 or 4 years ago around christmas time a few of my friends and I decided to get together and form a band, and play a song for a church dance. I was eager to play the drums and this was my opportunity! I figured I would be able to get a simple beat down and maybe learn a few fills in no time at all, and our band would easily learn a few songs by the time of the dance. I quickly realized that this would not be the case as we practiced and practiced, and ended up only learning one song before it was time to perform. I also realized that as the drummer I was pretty much in charge of keeping everyone in tempo as we played. If I played fast then the band would play faster, and if I slowed down the beat then the rest of the band would slow down with me.
As I was thinking about this I took note that if I messed up the beat and played either too fast or too slow it would mess the rest of the band up and the song wouldn't sound that great. I thought of how this is very true with the Gospel and our lives. I know that as I have that constant daily "beat" of prayer, scripture study, church, etc. in my life it makes the rest of the day run a lot smoother.
I thought of a scripture in 2nd Nephi that tells us to "feast" upon the scriptures.
 "...Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do." (2 Nephi 32:3)
I know that we aren't all perfect, and as I think back to that performance I realize it was far from a perfect performence. But with a lot more practice over the years we can play the song much, much better now, and the same goes for all of us as we strive to constantly have prayer and scripture study in our lives we will be able to have that steady tempo that "...will tell [us] all things what [we] should do."

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