Keep Playing


Have you ever caught yourself comparing your success against those around you? As if we have the golden measuring stick to judge our hard work against the faulty outside appearances of others. No, put your measuring devices away friends..,I never took to learning angles anyway. 

Can we add a bit of interaction today? 

Start by watching this video:

Now, I am a mom of three boys. As I look-on to this scene, I can’t not shed at least one tear. You see, I want my kids to grow-up experiencing that moment with their Abba. I want them to lean close to His chest, play their tinkering song He placed in their hearts and together make a glorious sound. I want them to actively see, touch and experience His overwhelming presence when they offer their song to Him. 

So many times, I think we believe that we give our gifts, talents and abilities to Hod and He just runs with them. No. Our Abba isn’t a take and run kinda God. He uses our song to grow closer to us in a way we have never experienced before. He is the voice we hear over our notes that says, “That’s it! Keep playing!” With Him, together, our tinkers become His masterpiece. 

When I watch this video, I think about the little boy with his 5 loves of bread and 2 fish in John 6. Do you really think it was shocking to Jesus that a boy offered his lunch? No, He knew that this boy’s small, tinkering offering would unite a crescendo of a miracle. Jesus used an average boy with a typical lunch. Jesus told Him to keep playing, and He did. 

I need to keep playing the little tinkers of my song too. Even in the times I get all wrapped-up in this comparison trap with the success of others I know I need Him more. For you see, in order to keep playing I need His promise-

Bethany, come close to Me and I will come close to you. (James 4:8a)

When we draw near to Him, we renew our focus and our source of strength. The closer I get to Him, the more I simply can’t leave Him while playing this song. He makes my song worth playing. Just to be near Him and blend into a life changing melody. He makes every note sing long after the final encore. 

What is the song He has put on your heart? Are you still playing friend? Are you playing with Him? 

May you find rest in the security of your value in the hands of our Abba and may your song never quit playing. 


Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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11 thoughts on “Keep Playing

  1. Just beautiful, my friend! Sometimes it’s pretty scary to start ‘tinkering’ on the piano–but ah, to remember that the master musician will make our efforts beautiful if we just TRY. That is something to cling to.

  2. This was beautiful and I really enjoyed the video. It is a great picture of how God wraps his arms around us and makes something ho-hum amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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