When I was graduating from high school, the yearbook staff asked each senior to submit a quote to go with their picture. Mine was “Life is like a piano … what you get out of it depends on how you play it.” Years later, I found a cross-stitch pattern with the same quote.
As a pianist, I know that you can play a piece of music adagio (slow) or allegro (lively) or even andante (walking pace – not too fast or slow). You can play a piece legato (smoothly) or staccato (short and separated). Whichever way you choose affects you as a pianist and affects those listening to the music.
While there is no biblical record of Jesus being a musician, I’m sure He was one. So what musical instruction would He have written on the piece of music that we call “life”? I think He might have used the term più. This term means “more” and usually precedes another instruction such as più lento, meaning “more slow.” I think that Jesus might have simply used it by itself – più. In John 10:10b, Jesus says, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (MSG, emphasis added).
We’ve adopted the theme of LIFE from our Euroventure 2023 youth camp for this edition of Highlights. You’ll discover articles on how students were challenged to live LIFE to the fullest, how we should seek life in work and money, how we can react when life becomes cracked and dried, and how we can bring Scripture to life in our own lives.
We hope you will be renewed and challenged by this edition of Highlights.
Judith Lynn Maxwell, Highlights Editor