The Only Thing Keeping Me From Playing Jazz Piano


I’d like to play jazz piano.? And speak a foreign language. And be good at fly fishing.

Only problem is, I don’t want to do the work required to accomplish those things. What am I missing? Diligence.

How many believers would like to be able to encourage others by quoting appropriate Scriptures? How many would like to see more prayers answered? How many would like to bear more fruit for Christ? Every believer desires these things, but how many of us are willing to exert the effort?

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. PR 13.4

The Holy Spirit transforms us, but he works through means. He works through our diligence in reading, studying, and memorizing Scripture. He works through our day-in, day-out faithfulness in prayer or using our gifts. Though diligence alone can’t produce fruit, the Spirit uses it and “richly supplies” the soul of the diligent.

In the words of Charles Spurgeon:

“Always at it” wins the day. Perseverance conquers every difficulty by its dogged determination. He that will not be beaten cannot be beaten. He who keeps on pegging away will do it sooner or later.

So keep on pegging away at memorizing that Scripture verse. Keep praying for your loved ones with dogged determination.? Keep pursuing your devotions, even if they’ve been dry. Don’t be beaten. Keep asking the Lord to help you. Don’t give up until you are richly supplied.

photo by Danny.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.