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    Practice Makes...

    "What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." - Phil 4:9

    Ever heard the phrase "practice makes perfect." Sure, we all have. But is it true?

    It is true, only if you are doing the right thing in the right way.

    If you want to be a better cyclist, make sure you are not using square wheels. That's an obvious one. Most of our issues are far less obvious, at least to us. We all have our blind spots.

    Want to improve your financial state? Are you willing to have someone assess what you are doing daily, weekly or monthly that might be hurting you? Are you really willing for change?

    Take your golf swing - you could be holding the club wrong, and standing with your feet in the wrong place and the problem is this - the more you practice, the more you will simply reinforce your problem swing. What you need is the insight of a golfing coach who can tell you what you might be doing wrong. He can see what you cannot see by yourself. He can tell you what you can do to dramatically improve your current results. Once you get his sound advice, adjust accordingly and then, once you know you are doing the right thing in the right way, practice, practice, practice.

    Here's the principle: Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent.

    What are you practicing? Some things are not worth practicing. Some people are not worth following.

    Think about each aspect of your life - your spiritual, physical, mental, social and financial life. What is the dream you have? Writing a book? Restoring a broken or stale relationship? Getting in physical shape? Growing spiritually? Being the spiritual leader in the home? Getting out of debt? Financial freedom so that you can live in such a way that you can be a great channel of supply for God's kingdom? What is it that thrills your heart? What is your dream?

    What is your goal in each area? Do you have one?

    Then think about this. If you keep doing what you are currently doing, over and over again, will you eventually reach your goal?

    Is there anything you can make a part of your daily schedule and routine that would, over time, transform your dream into reality?

    Is there anything you need to change? Is there anything you can do today and make a part of your life?

    Would you pray about this, asking God for His insight and wisdom? And will you be a doer of the word and not a hearer only?

    God bless! - JS

    Posted by John Samson on February 8, 2011 12:54 AM

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