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practiceWhen I was growing up we were told, “Practice makes perfect.” It wasn’t until later when my band director then my preaching professor told me, “Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”  So what did I learn from that? Don’t be sloppy in my practice unless I want to be permanently sloppy in my performance. Don’t limit yourself by how or what you practice. Make sure, as the great golfer Ben Hogan said, practice always leads to improvement.

Now, take that wisdom and apply it to your general approach to things instead of learning a specific skill. Are you well practiced at being patient? Do you have faith and grace enough to trust God to work everything together for your good? Do you have enough to trust others and be a part of a process, be a part of a conversation, to improve things?

Or, are you well practiced at being paranoid? Jumping to conclusions?  Prejudging and then planting seeds of betrayal and bias into any process or conversation of which you are a part?

Unfortunately, I’ve practiced both in my lifetime but I am asking God for both me and you to stand ready from this moment forward to, as the New King James version of Luke 22: 19 puts it, “By your patience, possess your souls.” Or, as the NIV reads, “Stand firm and you will win life.”  Yes, let’s be well practiced in the things that lead us to share in Christ’s victory!

Knight and Day“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3: 12 – 13)

If Jesus tells you He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (and He does) and He tells you He is the Door, the narrow gate through which you access life, why are you still walking around looking for an entrance?

How many miracles does Jesus have to do to prove to you who He is?

How many people does Jesus have to forgive before you would call on him to forgive you where you have missed the mark with him?

How many people would Jesus have to restore, heal, and redirect before you would say, that’s something He is really good at doing?

How is God supposed to make things new in your life when you don’t accept anything new into your belief system?

What are you predisposed to believe: God is out to help you or God is out to hurt you? God is out to bless you or God is out to burn you?

Why do you think Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead? What if it directly applies to you?

Which is more important: your opinion or the truth?

Thanks for reading. Had to ask.

P. S.  I am reminded of the scene in Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz where Cruise’s character, Roy tries to explain to June her chances of survival: “with me or without me”.  This is why I had to ask these questions today. With Jesus or without Jesus?  Have you got peace, forgiveness of sins, joy, eternal life, an abundance of grace with which to move, breathe, and live?

Had to ask.