I teach piano and ukulele lessons, but I'm a student.
I've already graduated from college and completed a music endorsement, but I'm a student.
I'm a student because I'm taking mandolin lessons (I'm on week 3!)
I'm a student and just enrolled in a gardening course.
I'm a student and taking a fabric art class.
But there are many other areas where I'm a student, too.
I'm a student because I'm still learning from my children and grandchildren.
I'm a student because I'm still practicing things like learning not to judge and how to have faith.
I'm a student of the scriptures and learning new things each day I study them.
I bet if you looked at your life, you would realize you're a student too!
Sometimes it's fun to be a student. I love to learn and accomplish new things. It's fun to learn to play a new song on the mandolin. Other times, it's not really fun being a student. Not when I cower in fear or uncertainty instead of exercising faith.
It's easy to say, "Well, I'm just a student, that's why my efforts were not the best. That's why I was wrong and goofed up." or "Hey, what do you expect? I"m just learning?"
However, being a student-- a really good student---means there are certain requirements we need to fill, certain repetitions we need to perform, and a certain amount of time needed in order to acquire our new skill.
As a teacher, I tell my music students to practice slowly and play the notes correctly so their brain understands what to do. I tell them to play a short section of their song many times in a row, perhaps 5-10 repetitions. I tell them to watch their fingering and do it correctly each time so their muscle memory can help them later on.
As a mandolin student I play the G scale on my mandolin over and over again. My teacher says it's important to use the pick correctly, so I play slow and carefully. I'm making progress but I wonder if I'll ever be good enough to play fast.
My teachers are kind and encouraging, both in my music, gardening and fabric art classes. There are some days when I can almost hear God, the Supreme Teacher, talking to me and encouraging me. "Cathy, be slow and careful in how you want to judge that person." "Cathy, I know you've read your scriptures countless times, read them again and pay attention this time." "Cathy, you may not think you're making progress, but you are, hang in there!"
I'm a student for life-- learning and progressing one step and one day at a time. I will take it slowly, practice carefully and correctly, and enjoy each little success along my path.