By Linda Tancs

It’s funny how commonplace objects yield insights on life. Like a piano. It has white keys (known as natural notes) and black keys, representing sharps and flats. You see where I’m going with this, right? Sometimes life goes on without incident (or so it seems). Everything feels natural, good, on purpose. Other times, we meet some sharps (obstacles) and flats (staleness, or lack of progress).

Life is always in a state of flux, alternating between white and black keys. And why not? If the piano keys were all one length and color, think how much harder it would be to distinguish one note from another. And life is full of notes. The good times often teach us to appreciate our blessings (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), and the challenging times often teach us to be patient (James 1:12). Whether you’re in a natural, sharp or flat phase, be sober-minded and watchful (1 Peter 5:8) lest you strike a false note.

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