Practice Makes Progress

By Renaissance Girl 
 
Practice. From the time I was a 6-year-old child taking piano lessons, I wanted to know how I could sound like Beethoven quickly. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t another way other than daily practice. There isn’t. And I’ve been learning recently that practice applies to spiritual life as well. We don’t just hit the ground after birth with a disciplined life and daily relationship with Jesus all in place. It takes practice.
 
I’m discovering places that my lack of practice has left my spiritual muscles weak. Especially in the daily act of turning to Jesus with everything. Too often I get stuck in my own thoughts which never give me the best answer. Stopping my mind and turning to Jesus takes practice. I understand how downhill skiers must feel crashing and tumbling until they can make the turn on their feet. But in the practice, we make progress.
 
And I know God sees it. I was praying this morning, and having spilled out everything I wanted to say to God, I asked, “what do you want to say to me?” I opened up Echoes of Eternity, the devotional by Rev. Hal Helms. I laughed out loud when I read the last sentence of today’s reading: “Do not delay in coming to Me in every situation you face — prayer will make a difference, but it must be practiced.” 
 
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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

One thought on “Practice Makes Progress

  1. Thank you for the reminder. I love your thoughts. At our church choir practice / rehearsal last night, we basses could not get one measure. We wanted to sing an E when it should have been an F. What a difference when it finally happened.
    Thank you for helping me get my day started on the right thought.

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