Keeping Up with the Tempo

Keeping Up with the Tempo

Last Monday night, I had the privilege of listening to Doug and the members of the West Texas A&M “Town and Gown Band” perform at Mary Moody Hall in Canyon. During the hour-long setlist, they played selections from Samuel Barber, Gustav Host, and other notable composers from days gone by.

As I observed the band, one thing that caught my attention was that most of the performers were tapping their feet in tempo with the music. While it may seem trivial, this skill is taught from an early age, because staying on beat is necessary for a band to play synchronously.

I am reminded of Paul’s words to the Christians in Galatians 5:16-26. In this important passage, the apostle informs them how to “keep in step with the Spirit.” Among other things, this includes:

  1. Not gratifying the desires of the flesh which are opposed to the Spirit (v. 16-17).
  2. Understanding that Christians not beholden to the law but led by the Spirit (v. 18).
  3. Producing the fruit of the Spirit (v. 22).

If getting to heaven is our number one priority (and it should be), then we cannot march to the beat of our own drum. We must make an effort every day to pace ourselves with the footsteps of Jesus and the blessed Holy Spirit.


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