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02/22/2010

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Practice - Practice - Practice


"Remember this; Who ever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously" (2 Cor. 9:6).

In my days of playing and coaching baseball, I learned the value of developing good habits. Practice was (is) important...Solid repetition of necessary skills is invaluable. Sometimes one can tire of repeating a simple skill over and over again, but those muscular memories need to be established. I will beg your pardon here and use the more technical term....Neuromuscular facilitation.... This same principle can be carried over into our spiritual lives. If we want to learn more of the Bible, we need to read it and study it more. If we want to be more Christ-like in our lives, we need to practice Christ-like traits.

It may be a bit of a stretch, but I think that repetition is implied in today's verse about sowing and reaping. Generous sowing needs to be practiced of one wishes to become a generous reaper. Just as a ballplayer practices a skill over and over again to hone it to perfection, so must we use solid repetition as a tool for spiritual growth. If we do not practice those good traits that we want to be second nature to us, when "crunch time" comes, we may revert back to the bad old habits.

We all start out as spiritual "babes." Unfortunately, many stay babes for much too long. The milk/meat principle explained to us by the writer of the Book of Hebrews, says it all. After telling his audience that by this time they ought to be teachers, the writer says; "You need milk, not solid food" (5:12) The writer goes on to tell us that anyone who lives on milk is still an infant and is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness....Then comes the clincher! "But solid food is for the mature, who by CONSTANT USE HAVE TRAINED THEMSELVES to distinguish good from evil" (5:14) (my caps)....It really does take repetition to sharpen the skills of a mature Christian. We must practice hospitality to become hospitable...We must practice service to become good servants. We must practice fruit-bearing techniques to become good fruit-bearers... If you want to be a "linedrivehitter," you've got to hit a lot of baseballs....

Have a great start to your week....Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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