My mom was a Glenn Campbell fan. We grew up listening to his music. In case you don’t know who Glen Campbell is. He began playing guitar at 4 years of age. By the time he was six, he played at local radio stations. This man released 64 albums spanning five decades, sold over 45 million records, had twelve gold albums, and four platinum albums. Not only did he play with some of the greatest in his career. Alan Jackson acknowledges him for his first break. As well as being an inspiration to Keith Urban.
He really strikes a chord with me. He was born the same year and month of my stepfather which I call Dad. They died 8 months apart. Both of them due to Alzheimer’s.
Glen Campbell did a tour while he had Alzheimer’s with three of his children. Dale (my husband ) and I watched his documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”, after my dad passed away.
We were amazed to watch him play guitar and sing. He didn’t miss a note. Nor did he forget the words. He still wowed his fans with his talent and charm.
Never having to think, for he had done this thousands of times. Much Like a good typist, this was more than a habit. It was like muscle memory.
What would happen if we put this same discipline to work with living for God? I have a season every morning for prayer. Then in the afternoon I have a time of devotion for reading or studying His word. I have a fixed fast day as well. Not because I’m holy, or near perfect. I need God, not just every day but every second. He is the giver of life, I can’t make it without him, and don’t want to try. If I only prayed when I felt it, I wouldn’t be praying much. Most of the time after I start praying is when I feel His Spirit. I don’t know if I would ever fast if I waited until I felt it. I praise God when I feel it, I praise him when I don’t. He is always worthy no matter how I feel. It has become muscle memory.
When the way gets rough we will pray. Yet most of the time we spend our life in the plains. Things aren’t great, but they are not terrible either. That’s when we need to make sure we continue…
Acts 26: 22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great…
2 Timothy 3: 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
While I enjoyed Glen Campbell he never inspired me to kneel in prayer, or worship God