Practice makes perfect.
According to Dictionary.com, practice means:
My daughter hates math. Loathe and detest might be better words to more accurately describe her relationship with math.
And because of her earnest dislike for the subject, it is something that requires more time of her, including her summers.
Yesterday I had to remind her that taking time off from Math is not a good thing for her. Math takes lots and lots of practice – doing problems over and over – until she understands it and has the formulas ingrained in her. Practice.
Our relationship with Christ is much the same way. We need to get into the repeated practice of spending time with Him so His word will become ingrained in us.
Now let me preface that with a disclaimer that has been writing itself on my heart this week through my own bible study:
God can never love you more or less than He does right now. (Go back and read that again. Let it sink in deep to your soul).
His love is perfect.
So there is nothing you can do in your performance that will make Him love you more.
But I do believe the repeated practice of intentionally taking time to study God’s word, praying, and communing with Him throughout your day, amplifies your relationship with Him.
And from my own experience, I can tell you that “taking time off” from your relationship with God will only make for a weary soul. We need a daily dose of His truth and goodness to get through these days.
If my daughter only did math once a week or once a month, she would likely never improve her math. But I’ve noticed when she does it daily, she improves.
I’ll be the first to admit that I can be more of a wanderer so a consistent “quiet time” has been a struggle for me. I have to be intentional about practicing this part of my faith.
But when I do it consistently and be purposeful with it, I improve.
My relationship with people and Christ grows.
My attitude is a little better.
My capacity to handle things that come my way during the day improves.
In general, life is just
a little a lot better when I start my day with Jesus.
While His love for me will never be more or less based on my behavior. My understanding of Him and my acceptance of His love can grow more and more. And in that increase, many other areas of my life begin to expand.
Whatever it is that you are taking time to practice in your life, it is growing. Whether it is hate, anger, or bitterness. Or compassion, mercy, and love. You are practicing something with your days.
So I challenge you to practice the good things. Do them over and over even when you don’t feel like it.
Start with finding a few moments with God in prayer and read His Word each day.
And you will be gaining the acquired skills for living an abundant, Christ-filled life. And that, my friend, makes it all worth it.