In the fancy restaurant, Elyse and her parents applauded. A boy had just finished playing a prelude on the grand piano. Elyse’s piano teacher stood. “Next, Elyse Patterson will play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.”
Wearing a pretty blue gown, Elyse walked to the piano. She placed her hands on the keys, then took a deep breath. She wanted so much to perform perfectly! As Elyse began playing, the lovely melody filled the air. Suddenly she fumbled some notes, lost her place, and had to stop. She sat there, horrified. Then she felt a hand on her shoulder.
“I’m sorry,” Elyse said, trying not to cry. “It’s okay,” her piano teacher whispered. “Just start over and try again.” Nobody’s perfect, but don’t let that stop you from trying to live God’s way. You’re his child. He loves you. And he won’t abandon you when you make a mistake. Remember, Jesus took care of all your failures on the cross! When you’ve done something wrong, admit it to God. He’ll forgive you and encourage you to keep trying to live a holy life. And as you do, you’ll get closer and closer to being perfect, like he is.
Bible Verse: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:23-24
Words to Treasure: If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
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