31 “You must faithfully keep all my commands by putting them into practice, for I am the Lord.
Practicing stinks sometimes. It is tiring and sometimes boring. My first thought is sports practices. I played sports my whole life growing up, basketball, baseball, football, you name it. I have tried it all. There was hardly ever a day I didn’t have practice. It was never too cold or too hot for practice. I was never too tired, even when I was, for practice. My parents knew how important it was and so they would always take me and make sure I worked my hardest.
I couldn’t see it at the time, but these practices were forming me. Forming me into someone with self discipline, work ethic, consistency, and more. These practices showed me many things, but nothing more than what difference they made going into a game. Heading into whatever game it was I felt confidence, trust, and strength in my abilities. It was a matter of preparation and I knew in order to win I had to be the best.
You can imagine how this correlates to our daily lives. My belief is that our ultimate goal in life is to bring everyone we know and love with us to heaven. This is going to take some practice and preparation with ourselves and with others. I believe in order to have true confidence in what you do and who you are, you must be consistent. This means taking one step closer to Jesus daily. One step closer to a friendship daily. By the end of our lives we will have walked miles.
Jesus walked miles during His lifetime. He always took one step closer to God. He always took one step closer to others. It didn’t just happen though. It could have because He is Jesus, but He gave us the perfect model of how to live. He prayed more than anyone, I would assume. He was in constant communication with God. He was always confident because of his practice when He wasn’t around others. Lets be more like Jesus today. One step at a time.
What practices do I need to implement into my life daily?
What practices do I already do?
Dear Lord, thank you for your son Jesus. His perfection and His grace is unfailing. I pray we continue to practice in order to grow closer to you. Amen.
Have a great day!