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Practice Makes Perfect
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My daughter recently declared that she wanted to play an instrument. Since she already reads music from several years of piano lessons it couldn’t be that hard to learn to play something …like the flute, for instance. So we rented an instrument for her, found a teacher and waited to hear beautiful music.

It turned out to be harder than she thought. All that blowing gave her headaches. And the little ditties in the book were so boring to practice. She truly did want to learn to play the flute, but often she just got busy with other things and forgot to practice. In fact, sometimes the entire seven days between her lessons would go by with no practicing at all. Or the night before her lesson she would play for 10 minutes. She is a talented girl and could have progressed so much this year if only she had practiced faithfully.

Sometimes I think I’m like that with God. I say I want to know God better. And I truly do. It can’t be that hard, can it? But I get busy sometimes and forget to spend time reading my Bible and praying. I could progress so much this year if I’d just practice being with God. If church is my only time to deepen my relationship with God (like my daughter’s lesson was sometimes the only time she played her flute) I’m not going to make much progress towards producing beautiful music.

Growing Up Spiritually

I don’t have trouble doing things I enjoy and I’m already good at, just like my daughter has no trouble practicing the piano. But more serious spiritual disciplines are challenging—like committing to pray for a certain person or situation every single day, or completing an in-depth Bible study on a given topic.

I want to be “growing up” spiritually, to mature in my relationship with God to the place where God is my reference point for everything. If I do not shrink back from growth, but determine to develop a disciplined spiritual life I will find strength in these words: “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,…will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:10).

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