I have played piano for about 16 years now and I will be the first to tell you that it has involved much practicing. I recall there were several times I wanted to quit but luckily I “wasn’t allowed to quit until I moved out”. I was young so I would always end up forgetting that I had wanted to quit in the first place and now I’m glad I didn’t. Playing piano gives me so much joy, it’s fun to just sit down and play old songs, new songs, or even to just sit down and make stuff up. It was much easier to get to the point at which I’m at because I had lessons for 12 of those 16 years.
Guitar. Much different.
You may be familiar with my guitar teacher, he goes by: Google.
Without lessons or concrete commitment, as well as the fact that guitar can actually hurt to play while piano rarely does; it has been difficult to keep my “skills” up. I don’t claim to be a guitarist. I know a certain number of chords and that’s about it. Recently(2 days ago), I picked my guitar up again and I’ll be honest: the fingers on my left hand are burning at this very moment. But perseverance is key. Just because my fingers hurt doesn’t mean that I’m done for the day. If I work through the temporary discomfort, I know that I can keep practicing a bit longer.
The same is true in our lives. Just because things are tough and we go through trials doesn’t mean that we can just give up. I grew up watching Boy Meets World and as Eric Matthews would say, “Life’s tough, get a helmet.”
Life is hard…and then we work through it with the help of our Savior because we know we are not done. We are working towards a greater goal and work that does not stop and wait for us because we have a skinned knee

James 1:3-4
3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Let that be our verse this week as we encounter struggles. We can rejoice in our trials.

Burning fingers