I’d Give Anything To Be Like You

“Gosh, I’d give anything to play like you,” gushed the wealthy middle-aged woman to a famed concert pianist after a private afternoon concert to patrons of the orchestra.

“No, you wouldn’t,” he replied. “Or you already would have. You would be studying under a teacher. You would be practicing scales and chords for hours every day. You would rehearse pieces for hours. No, you wouldn’t give anything to play like me.”

He was a bit harsh. But realistic. Consider another story (paraphrased):

“Gosh, I’d give anything to be like you,” gushed the wealthy young man to Jesus one day. “I’ve followed all the laws since I was a child.” (See, he was already farther along than the woman. But…)

“Then go and sell all you have and give it to the poor. Then come and follow me,” replied Jesus.

He went away just like the woman went away.

It’s hard to be a disciple. It’s hard to be like Jesus. He might have taught about love, but he was also a strict master. He demanded total attention. Not just doing a few things. Total commitment.

That’s why I sit in meditation and ponder what I’m holding back from being a disciple.

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