Be Careful What You Practice

By: Lee Larsen

My church sign calendar today says, "Practice makes perfect, so be careful what you practice."

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It can take as few as 21 days to develop a new habit, and through repetition, we can become closer and closer to perfecting it. If we are talking about our walk with God, that would be awesome. But, what if we are talking about something much worse? What if we are talking about our uncontrolled anger, drug and alcohol use, gambling or treating people badly. Any action we repeatedly do can easily become our normal routine. We get very good at using our new bad habits to our own advantage, basically to get what we want. If we are doing something that we should not be doing, we keep it a secret. Or at least we think so.

Without a course correction, we can easily venture down a very dark path while the weight of our sins grow increasingly heavier. Eventually it all comes crashing down, leaving a trail of pain and suffering. God knew this even before we were created. He provided us with a guidebook for our lives to keep us on the narrow path that leads us home to Him. The values and guidelines that God places on family, community, His word and how we are to interact with each other creates a strong network that can withstand the constant attacks from the devil.

Let's take a look at our God-given guidebook, the Bible...

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
— Hebrews 10:25
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
— Romans 12:2

We have a lot to practice! Practice daily prayer, practice spending time in His word each day, practice fellowship with believers, practice being a positive influence. This is what God wants us to practice and practice until it becomes our second nature.

Lee Larsen is the Ministry Coordinator at Acts 1:8 Ministry®. Lee's strongest and most personal blessing comes from the many “God Moments” that are created through Acts 1:8 Ministry's Christian Kindness outreach; a vivid reminder that our Lord and Savior is right beside us. Learn more about Christian Kindness.