Music has been a favorite activity in our family for many years. My mother played the piano and sang in the church choir at First Baptist of Pierce City. She instilled an appreciation for music in each of her children.

Music has been a favorite activity in our family for many years. My mother played the piano and sang in the church choir at First Baptist of Pierce City. She instilled an appreciation for music in each of her children.
My three siblings and I played an instrument in high school and all of us participated in the music ministry. Our daughter, Jami, has an awesome voice that has blessed so many people and two of her sons, Seth and Jeremiah, have excelled in music as well. Seth was named to the All-State Choir and Jeremiah performs with the high school band even though he’s only in the eighth grade!
On Saturday mornings, Jeremiah has been playing the National Anthem before the pee-wee football games at Pierce City. A couple weeks ago we were in attendance to hear him play his trumpet and watch his younger brother, Jacob, play football. As the flag ascended into the air, the honored song rang out crisply from his horn. He mastered the notes precisely until he reached the highest one near the end. He faltered for a split second then finished confidently.
I counted the notes in that song when I got home – 101. Some people might make the comment that he missed a note. That’s the one they focus on. What about the other 100 notes that he produced with perfect clarity and pitch? Do the math – that’s 99%!!! And yet it’s easy to major on that 1 note. He knew it wasn’t perfect before I knew it! The last thing Jeremiah needed was for me to point out the fact that he missed a note. What would happen, do you suppose, if we started celebrating the 100 right notes! Celebrate the things that are victories! I realize that wouldn’t be popular with most media outlets but that’s not my concern.
Let’s encourage our kids to do their best and praise them when they do! I bet you wish someone would have done that for you!!!!

Doug Gripka is the pastor of Newtonia Baptist church and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.