Practice Makes Perfect
Any game of skill requires practice.
Basketball players practice their shots, quarterbacks practice their throws and chess players practice their openings. Most people consider doing something over and over again as practice. Great players know practice is more than this. Practice is identifying flaws in their skill sets and practicing the correct form again and again until their bodies can literally not do it any other way.
They practice and train to:
A. Stop doing it the wrong way and
B. Keep doing it the right way.
Do you ever think about your discipleship that way?
Several times we find the term “righteous practice” or “practices of righteousness.”
What if we started looking at our life skills the same way we looked at our game skills?
What if we looked at our lives and tried to get better at the fruit of the Spirit Paul lines out in Galatians?
What if we looked at our lives and said, “I’m not very good at kindness…” and we began to practice kindness? You know, looked for ways each day we could do kindness to someone and we kept at it until kindness was second nature to us.
As Christ followers, we celebrate His forgiveness. But that’s only part of the story.
The rest of the Gospel is a story of transformation. . .of becoming more like Christ and less like ourselves. And that takes a little practice.
Learning how to do it right and doing it over and over until doing it right is all we know how to do.
How do you become a better disciple?
The same way you get to Carnegie Hall – practice.
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