Practice Makes Perfect

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you,” (Philippians 4:9, NIV)

My third grader and I have been in the trenches of multiplication and long division. I say “trenches” because at times, it feels like an all out war.  Part of the problem is memorizing the multiplication tables. We practice and drill and practice some more. It’s a skill only mastered by repetition. When we practice something, we must do it over and over again.

Practice isn’t fun. In fact, Savanna growls every time I pull out the flashcards.

However in Philippians 4, Paul instructs us to practice, Things we’ve learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me.”

What are the things Paul is telling us to practice?

Choosing to give our worries and cares to God;

Choosing to pray specifically and with confidence;

Choosing to be thankful even in tragedy; and

Choosing to dwell on positive things.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “practice” like this: To do or perform (something) repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill. Paul says these things won’t be easy. They aren’t second nature for us. We will mess up. But God’s glory is at stake and we must motivate ourselves to keep practicing until we get it right.

I bet if we met Paul today, he would be a type “A” over-achiever… don’t you think?

Anyway, for me personally, I have to practice and mess up a few times before anything becomes a habit. My mama always said, “Practice makes perfect.” When we do the things Paul refers to, the peace of God WILL be with us.

Why?

Because in this passage we see that the peace of God always flows into the hearts of those who obey Him.

Let’s seek first the Kingdom of God and see what happens!

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11 Responses

11.15.11

Hi Kelli – great post. If we continue to practice, despite making plenty of mistakes, God’s peace will be with us. I think its the never giving up, its the attitude! Great reminder to never give up and keep trying until we get it right and then to continue some more, – why? For His peace!
God bless
Tracy
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11.15.11

Practice makes perfect. I hardly ever master something the first time. It takes time, practice and effort. Great reminder!
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Oh, so true. Practice DOES make perfect. I remember my multiplication-table-learning days as a child and then pulling out the flash cards with my own kids! It takes practice and discipline to learn to give our cares over to God, and to pray with confidence in Him.
Great post 🙂
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11.15.11

“But God’s glory is at stake and we must motivate ourselves to keep practicing until we get it right.” What great motivation to continue, to keep practicing. Thanks, Kelli!
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11.15.11

I never want to give up the practice of bringing glory to God… selfishly I want to get to the Holy He’s promised for me too! Great post sweet friend!

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11.15.11

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11.15.11

wow THis post is so encoouraging Thank you for this post God bless you and your family

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11.15.11

I guess practicing the things we see in Paul would be one place to over achieve in!

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I love how each of those begin with choosing. In the midst of ordinary moments like working on multiplication tables, I can choose to honor God with my words, attitude and demeaner.
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Wonderful encouragement today Kelli! It’s funny, but with seeking the presence of our Heavenly Father, practice always seems to open up new opportunities to deepen the relationship! (Much more fun than memorizing multiplication tables.. :-))

Have a Blessed Day!
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11.15.11

This is Great Encouragement! 🙂
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