This may or may not be profound, but for some reason it seems deep in my head.

I am currently trying to learn how to play bar chords on the guitar. As most of you know I have been playing for about a year now and I know the open chords pretty well and can play most songs that use all open chords. This means that I have a huge selection of songs that I can play especially when I cheat the Bm to Bm7 and use a capo whenever I can. But I don’t want to rest on what I already know and just keep playing those same few songs over and over again. So I am working on bar chords.

Here is the thing: I have been playing guitar for a while and I feel very comfortable with strumming chords. I’m not perfect, but I can hold my own. When I try to make a bar chord it is like I am back to the first month of playing, my fingers just don’t seem to want to go where I tell them. It is just frustrating fumbling around like I am a beginner again. I find myself every few tries just playing something that I know I can play to make myself feel better. I have to admit I have to time myself or I would quit practicing them after only a few minutes.

I think that this is like our walk with God in some ways. We find a place where we are comfortable. We are making progress and we find our little niche of service. We understand some things about God, and there are some things that we don’t do now that we are Christians, but for the most part God doesn’t invade our everyday lives. I think that many Christians are afraid of going any deeper with God because it means fumbling around again, and no one wants to look like they don’t know what they are doing. So they are content to stay where they are and where they are comfortable. The problem is that they will never know what it is like to really dive into life with God, and when the hard times come they won’t know where to turn because they will have never stepped out on faith with God before.

So here is my advice: Take risks for God. Don’t be content with how much you know about him. Look to know more and more about him. Reach out to people that make you uncomfortable. Help people with no hope of return. Be bold, and keep practicing. It may seem weird at first, but taking those first steps with God were hard once too. Soon God will be leading you to go every farther than you can see from where you are.

One thought on “Profound?

  • April 10, 2005 at 8:22 PM

    Hi Shane,I enjoyed your thoughts about comparing our work for God with your guitar playing.I play too.I went to a class once and they said shift your wrist and it makes all the difference in bar cords. If you move your whole arm forward a bit it makes it easier.Your letter challenged my thinking. Thanks!Rona


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