We all make mistakes on stage. How many times have you played a wrong note, started or stopped at the wrong time, or even played in a completely wrong key? It happens. Unfortunately sometimes it happens at important shows, in critical moments, such as when we want to impress the judges at a battle of the bands or an industry professional is watching our showcase. Whenever the pressure is on, we tend to make our biggest errors.
What do we say when a band mate costs the band an important opportunity? Do we berate ourselves when we are the one who made the big mistake? How do we treat a person who is made in God’s image when they mess up? How does God treat us?
God is probably more concerned with our response than with the mistake.
Here is an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional to help us think about how we are treating each other.
Made in the Image of God
“But no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.”
We have all done it, probably more than once: stepped off the stage after playing worship to God and said something less than kind about a band member. Perhaps the drummer started the tempo wrong, or the guitar player played a verse in the wrong key, or maybe the lead singer talked and sang right over your solo. There is a way, a time, and a place to critique the performance with the honest intent of improving. There is also a way to say the same things but tear people down, often just to make sure people know that it was not us that messed up.
Evaluation and critique is necessary for us to become more skilled musicians. Music competitions are held all over the world covering every genre of music to help us hone our skills. But cursing someone, tearing them down in any way is not the same thing. The difference may be as subtle as your tone of voice, when the critique is given, who is around to hear the comments, or even if the recipient wants to know your opinion. Those circumstances can be difficult to always get right. But we can always be sure of our intent—are we seeking to honor our brother and help him improve, or are we seeking to build ourselves up at the expense of our brother?
Before you speak, ask yourself, “If Jesus had just made the same mistakes on stage would I handle the situation in this way?” Ultimately, your brother is made in the image of God. Although he is not perfect, like God, he should be treated the same as you would treat Jesus.
Father, everyone makes mistakes on stage, including myself. Cause me to remember that we are all made in Your image. Help me to treat every musician as well as I would treat You.
This is an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional.
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