Practice, Practice, Practice!

I grew up hearing the saying that “Practice makes perfect.” It was usually when it was time to practice the piano and I had other things that I wanted to do. The word practice can be defined as “to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient.” (Merriam-Webster dictionary) So, we usually get better at things that we practice – whether it’s shooting hoops or trying to ride a bicycle. What have you been practicing?

In John 8:34, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say unto you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.” (ESV) In other words, the more we sin – the more we’ll sin. Practice makes progress. Sin will become such an influence in our lives, that it will control us. It becomes an addiction, where each time we must go “a little further” to get the same “high.” Beware – Practice can not only make perfect and make progress – it can also make permanent!

As Christians, we should “practice what we preach!” If you tell others that they need to attend worship services, will they see you there – even on Wednesday night? If you “preach” that one must study the Word “to be approved unto God,” how many days go by that you don’t pick up your Bible to read? Yes, practice is the key and truly does make perfect. What have you been practicing? God Bless, Courtney

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