Playing from the Heart

Not everyone who visits me here visits my "Thrifty Style at Sixty-Two" blog.  Over there this morning,  I posted a collage of pictures of a few pieces from my piano collection along with a quote.  Only after I reviewed the post for errors did a truth from another level jump out at me from the quote!
"Personal style is like playing the piano.
First you must learn to play by the rules,
then you must forget the rules
and play from your heart."
                     (copied from somewhere; no source cited)

It's not only "personal style" and "piano playing" that move from playing by the rules to playing from your heart!  It's true of one's spiritual maturity, too!   Too often we error.  In our desire to live in Christian freedom, we ignore the fundamentals--to our detriment.  On the other hand, to stop at the rules and fail to let the grace of God flood our hearts (as did many of the Pharisees of Jesus' day) is incredibly stifling and sometimes even deadly!!  

In the words of the writer to Hebrew believers:  "Let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity...It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them...
let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith."
In 2011, I want to spend more time at my piano.  Since I have not given piano lessons this past year, I've kind of neglected God's gift of music.  And as I play, I want to remember the correlation of  playing by the rules and playing from the heart--at the piano and in my daily life with the Lord Jesus Christ!


  1. What a beautiful analogy and resolution Rebecca!
    I wish you a blessed and peaceful new year!

  2. I envy your music and singing ability...♫...In a good way. :) I encourage you to put music back into your will bring an inner joy and put a spring into your spiritual walk with the Lord. I know the Lord will enjoy hearing you praise him from the heart with your piano.♥

  3. wow, you have given me so much to think about here Rebecca! Isn't is wonderful to have (take) time to be reflective? LOVE the photos!

  4. Thanks for the encouragement, ladies!


    we are a musical home here - my husband is a seasoned classical pianist, guitarist, singer-songwriter and I play the drums and sing harmonies - we are so grateful and blessed by the gift of music. And so too are you - Amen. :-)

    Happy New Year
    Love Gail

  6. Beautiful post Rebecca, I do envy you to be able to play the piano, and to play from your heart, as well as your knowledge. Thank you, and I do receive the New Year Wish, may you have the same blessings this year.

  7. You are gifted musically meaning that you are talented and diligent and also that music is a wonderful gift. Your quote reminds me of an art class that I took one time. We were in the class to learn the rules. Our professor reminded us that only after we were accomplished would we be permitted and required to break the rules. I tried but never mastered even the elementary rules.


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Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)