It was a general music institute where people could learn various kinds of instruments. I learned to play the piano there.
The piano teacher taught me to relax my wrists, keep my hands lifted up and press hard with my fingers while reading the music, so that it would make a good sound. In order to make a beautiful sound, I played the piano just how the teacher taught me. If it sounded even a little better, the teacher complimented me, saying that I did a good job. Feeling charged up, I practiced the piano harder after hearing the compliment. However, when I was practicing the piano, the drum teacher would often tilt his head, looking through the window.
‘Was something wrong?’
It bothered me, but I didn’t ask anything and just continued practice. One day, the drum teacher came into the room where I was practicing. Then he told me that my tempo was all over the place, and taught me how to keep in tempo. Just to follow the way he was teaching me, I couldn’t help but put all my strength in my wrists. It made it hard for me to press the keys.
I didn’t even think about making a good sound, but only focused on the tempo. When my tempo got a little better after practicing many times, he went out of the room with a satisfied look. When we play the piano, of course we need to stay in tempo. However, since the drum is an instrument which considers the tempo the most important, I guess my piano tempo didn’t satisfy the ears of the drum teacher who had an exceptional sense of tempo.
Though I was thankful for the drum teacher’s concern, honestly speaking, his lesson that only emphasized the beat distressed me who was not a student learning to play the drums.
Recently, I felt like I resembled the drum teacher. In Zion (WMSCOG), I did not hesitate to point out the faults of the brothers when they made a mistake with the things that I was confident in. Although I thought I was helping them, I drummed the things that I knew into them.
1 Corinthians 12:27
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it”
Each of us, who has become one body in Christ, has a role to do as a part of the body. Nevertheless, I rebuked the members who were carrying out the roles designated to the parts of the body, saying to them if that was the best they could do, and forced them to do my role that was given to me as if asking an eye, “Why can’t you smell and hear?”
Now I know why I shouldn’t expose the faults of brothers in Zion; it is because my dissatisfaction towards them may be from my own point of view, and not their actual faults. I am so ashamed of myself, and sorry to the brothers and sisters whom I have given a hard time by pointing out their faults recklessly, not realizing that we are given different talents and values. From now on, I will only look on the good parts of brother and sisters, and fulfill the perfect brotherly love with a beautiful mind.
SH Im from Korea