Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - practice

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock."
Matthew 7:24 NIV


Practice makes perfect? nope.  Practice makes progress? maybe.  Practice makes... ?

As we watch our oldest boy practice the fundamentals of baseball, as our younger sons watch his practice, we see him improve.  We see him get it right, and we see his make mistakes.  We watched him forget that he was running the bases & try to field the ball at this particular game pictured.  It was adorable to see him on second base, then to chase the ball out into the outfield.  precious.  That is why we signed up for t ball.

We can't learn if we don't practice.  We can't practice if we don't commit, sign up, show up, put forth some effort, listen to the instructions, or try.  Practice doesn't exist unless you actually do it.  You can learn some things by watching from the sidelines.  You can learn some of the rules; you can learn how the game works; you can listen to the coaches & their instructions.  But you won't actually play unless you step onto the field.

The lessons I am striving to teach my sons about our faith are something they will hear, they may obey, but if they don't practice, it will never take root & grow.  Practice is required.

Lord, thank you for being our guide, our coach.  Thank you for teaching us your ways; thank you for all the lessons.  Thank you that as we take them one at a time, we are building our faith.  Lord give us wisdom to walk in your ways.  Lord let us practice so that we may be like the wise man who built his house upon the rock.  Amen.

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