Life Lessons from a Band Geek

The things I learned in Marching Band had a profound effect on who I am today and how I approach Christianity.
And I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice; and they will become one flock, with one shepherd. John 10:16 NASB

It sounds crazy but, the things I learned in Marching Band had a profound effect on who I am today and how I approach Christianity. God's truth is eternal. When Christ said there are sheep of a different fold that hear His voice, I think He was referencing the fact that if your ear is searching for truth you will find God's truth in places you'd least expect. I've previously shared a few things I learned from Greek life that I thought I should have learned from Church. Today, I'm sharing what I learned from middle/high school band.

Summary of Lessons

  1. Look at problems from different angles and be willing to accept that you might have to take a different route
    I forgot to elaborate on why I told you the story of not being able to make a sound of the flute. From that experienced I learned two things: when a problem occurs, don't be afraid to take in all the evidence and look at the problem from a different angle; also, just because you can't do something the same way someone else does, doesn't mean you can't do it—take a different path
  2. When in doubt, leave it out (conditionally)
  3. Delayed gratification
  4. Have a winners mindset
  5. Early is on time, on time is late
  6. Leave a place better than you found it
  7. Let the things you love anchor you
  8. Keeping a code of loyalty and love
  9. Perspective is the key to harmony

Bible Verses

Below are the Biblical references I alluded to in the video
  • Sheep of a different fold -> John 10:16
  • 10 wise/foolish virgins -> Matthew 25
  • Store up your treasures in the Kingdom -> Matthew 6:20

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