In the fourth grade, Mrs. Mayfield (my all-time favorite teacher EVER), taught us a very important principle.
Practice does not make PERFECT – PERFECT practice makes perfect.
Think about it. If you keep practicing something incorrectly, you will never be able to do it correctly. Makes sense to me.
This post is not about being perfect or being a perfectionist. Lord have mercy, went on that trip a long time ago and didn’t enjoy the journey.
It IS about practicing grace.
I was raised in a very legalistic, religious group. My mom wrote me notes to excuse me from square dancing. You get the picture.
They sang about GRACE but they didn’t practice it.
A couple of weeks ago my sister told me a story, a true story, and immediately a judgment was forming in my head… THEN,
what came out of my mouth surprised even me,
“I must learn to practice grace so I get better at it.”
Grace does not come naturally to this gal. But I am intentionally practicing it. Every day. Over and over. And, just maybe,
in the practicing I will get perfect at it.
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all…Acts 4.33 (NIV)
Enjoy this Matt Redman video!
O! that His grace is powerfully at work in me! Amen.