This past Friday evening I had the joy of attending the Van Alstyne High School Band Spring Extravaganza. This event showcased the Wind Ensemble UIL concert, Wintergaurd performance, and the Winter Drumline show, “The Golden Drum.”

Sitting upon the hard bleachers in the high school gym, I slowly began to notice less of the large scoreboard towering above me and more of the lovely score being played upon the court. Even the voices around me seemed to fall to the edges. I found myself tapping my feet, swaying, falling in line with the ups and downs, hanging on during the sudden breaks, only to be swept up before my breath could catch my thoughts. Beautiful.

Yes, the extravaganza became like a good book put to music and motion: there was adventure, love, tragedy and suspense. The silver and gold instruments became secondary characters to the thoughts the notes themselves fashioned with each beat and breath — gifting the witness both an external view and their own internal interpretation.

Mr. John Apodaca, the percussion instructor, said he wanted people to “feel like they had an experience when they have seen the show.” The students succeeded. When I looked out at the court, I didn’t see high school students; rather, I saw a story unfolding, and I was invited to participate within the story.

On my way home, I couldn’t help but think upon the verse, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

These were young people who were working together for a common goal. They had a purpose in mind. They worked hard, and it showed. There were several solos throughout the performances. Yet, I did not see any one person take the spotlight. All I saw was teamwork. From the setup to the cleanup — teamwork.

As Believers, we have a common goal as well: To glorify God.

Proverbs 27:17 reminds us that “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Meaning, we need to remain in fellowship with one another, not isolated in pride or distraction. We need to keep encouraging one another, leaning into the Word of God for strength and guidance.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). What a delight it was to witness such harmony in a group of high school teenagers. They were truly like a family.

Their personalities may have differed, but their common goal superseded their emotions, their exhaustion, and whatever may have tempted them to separate. Even what they carried with them found a way to get along: from the loud drums to the soft flutes, they made music together.

Can we say the same as Believers? Do we put in the effort to get along, to invite people into God’s story? Or do we make harsh music because we are too busy trying to be right instead of trying to share God’s love?

May we be a band of Believers who lives as a family of God, encouraging one another and loving one another. Blessings to you, my fellow band member. Play on!

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian writer and an opinion columnist. To submit feedback on SGLY or to offer a specific topic idea, please contact Chartier at news@ amtrib. com. Follow Chartier on Face - book: facebook. com/ tiffanychartier and Twitter: @tiffany chartier