What I’ve learned from guitar lessons (besides how to play guitar)

You’re never too old to learn something new.

For years, I wanted to learn to play the guitar. I envied people with musical talent, especially guitar players. My favorite part of my favorite songs was the guitar solo. I have a friend who is an incredible guitar player and singer, and, when I watched him perform, I thought, “I wish I could do that.”

My mother-in-law found out I wanted to learn how to play, so she gave me a guitar for Christmas. I picked around on it and picked up a few pointers from friends and relatives who were guitarists. But I never dedicated the time required to truly learn to play. My guitar spent more time in the corner than in my hands. Continue reading “What I’ve learned from guitar lessons (besides how to play guitar)”

The importance of a crowbar: the story of Monticello

When I was a boy, my grandparents took me on a weeklong trip to the eastern United States. We visited many interesting locations, including the site of the Battle of Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. We also visited Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson – a place I didn’t properly appreciate at the time. (Hey, I was in elementary school.)

Several years later, I heard a sermon illustration that piqued my interest in the historic plantation. The speaker noted Jefferson’s lifelong quest to mold Monticello into the house of his dreams. Continue reading “The importance of a crowbar: the story of Monticello”