When Wigs Take Wing and Socks Soar
One of our members, Cherry Leslie, is a piano teacher extraordinaire. I'm inspired by her dedication to produce precision and passion in her piano students. Today as I was taking a brain-break from sermon preparation, I came across this post on her Facebook page. Her words challenged me as a teacher and preacher . . .
"Gearing up for the big end-of year recital. Yesterday I gave a big ole yawn after one of my girls played her piece. Yes, it was note and rhythm flawless. Articulation was perfect. Dynamic contrast was in place. But, she bored me. I told her, 'Parents don't want to be at this recital. They are busy. They have a thousand other things they need to be doing. They are praying, 'Please God, let this recital be over! Hurry up and let my kid play so I can go home! Please God! Please God! Please God! Don't make me have to listen to all this!' Is THAT what you want parents to be praying when you are playing? Good gracious, Girl!!! Rouse them out of their stupor! If I don't see wigs flying, then you aren't doing your job!'"
Cherry went on to explain:
"All recitals can be a big bore to parents. Even if students play a flawless performance, it can be boring. I want wigs flying off heads and socks coming off feet. I want parents roused out of their sleep because they haven't heard students play this passionately or perform this professionally before. I spend a lot of time with my students to give them the extra edge that maybe other teachers don't. I doubt other teachers yawn after their students play, but I think my students know that I love them and I do this because I want them to succeed."
Cherry's words about piano performance can also be applied to preaching and teaching. As I prepare my sermon for Sunday, Cherry has reminded me to preach with passion, not mere precision. I can't claim that I preach with either precision or passion, but I long to do both, and I know David does too.
The aim for both piano performance and preaching are the same: "Nothing less than precision, but always more. Aim to play and preach with precision and passion." I suppose the same could be said for any profession or performance.
David and I are convinced that our preaching will have passion when we preach to ourselves as we preach to you. Pray that your preachers will sit under our own sermons. Then perhaps the Spirit will knock the socks off our souls and bow all of us down on holy ground to hear His voice in the pages of His blazing Book. Please pray for your pastors and our preaching. We'd love to see socks soar and watch wigs take wing every Sunday morning!
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