Monday, July 2, 2018

Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

By Andrea Merrell

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal
but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself
against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought
into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Rehearsing something over and over can be good or bad. It depends on what we’re rehearsing.

Too many times, we play out situations, circumstances, and problems in our mind so much we have it down to, as they say, a science. We over-analyze those problems, turn them inside out, and create a fix from every conceivable angle.

I’ve learned that when I get caught in this trap, it steals my peace and causes nothing but anxiety. If practice really does make perfect, there are those of us who have genuinely perfected the act of worry.

God wants our focus to be on Him, not problem-solving. The only thing He wants us to practice is His presence. He has promised to lead, guide, and direct our path, lighting the way before us. He has given us His Holy Spirit as counselor and teacher and His Word as the ultimate guidebook for life.

The next time you’re tempted to rehearse your woes, pull down those strongholds and cast down any thoughts that rob you of your peace and joy. Practice His presence instead of your problems. That kind of practice really does make perfect.

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)


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