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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The truth about practicing

This quote is so freeing to me!  Every musician, artist, dancer, horseback rider, etc has been told that they must "practice practice practice!"  There are several jokes made about that:  "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice practice!"

But sometimes this gets old and annoying, even if it's true.  There are some days when being told to "just practice some more and you'll get it" is not what you want to hear.  But one thing that I've been told for years is this: "Practice it until you get it right.  Once you've got it right it will be near impossible to get wrong again."  Okay, so maybe this is true.  But you can get stuck in the mindset of practicing until it's right just for that purpose, to get it right.  It's like a friend of mine said tonight, "It's like doing an assignment just for the purpose of doing the assignment."  Nothing else.  Nothing else...

Then what's the point?  That seems rather lame if you ask me...kinda meaningless and BLAH!  -_- I don't want to get it right just for the purpose of getting it right...I want to get it right to never get it wrong again!  To learn, to know what not to do anymore.

That's why saying "Practice until you can't get it wrong" is so much more meaningful to me.  It's actually a challenge!  There actually feels like there's a goal at the end with obstacles to overcome.

There actually feels like there's a point.

That's what we humans need; a point.  We always need to know what's the point in pretty much everything we do in life.  The point.  The point is to practice so that we can't get it wrong.

This applies to the Christian life as well, not just practicing an instrument or a dance.  We are sinful creatures, matted and hideous with our sin.  But by Christ's blood and love He redeemed us, and put us back on our feet on the Solid Rock that He is.  But we still have sinful desires, and sometimes, try as we might, we can't control them and keep messing up.  But we shouldn't decide that we're going to keep on trying until we do it right.  We'll keep messing up and when we can't succeed, we're more apt to become depressed.  But if we go at it with the mindset of, "I'm going to keep trying until I can't get it wrong," then each "failure" won't seem so much like a failure.

So this is my challenge to you: find something in your life that you keep practicing and practicing and attempting to improve and apply this mindset to it:  Don't practice until you get it right.  Practice until you can't get it wrong.  See how you life will be changed.

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