Practice

IMG_2699The key to doing anything well is practice.  I tell that to all my students pretty much on a daily basis.  You have to practice everything.  This past weekend I practiced with some of my Camino companions hiking through the woods of Central Louisiana.  I know how to walk.  I only travel with a backpack, so you would think that I know I can walk with a backpack, but I showed up for practice.

So it should come as no surprise that the key to living as a Christian is practice, everyday.  You can’t just be a Christian on Sunday, maybe Wednesday’s and perhaps when it would be convenient or timely.  Being Christian is all the time, that whole 365/24/7 thing.  And we don’t get it.  We only become more, when we practice more.  When I was a kid, I got blisters on my hand once while raking the leaves in the yard.  My dad told  me it was because I didn’t do it often enough.  The rational child (adult) that I was (am) said in response, but the leaves only come down in the fall.  Missed the point completely.

He meant I wouldn’t get blisters if I practiced.  I wouldn’t feel so far from God, if I stayed close.  If my life was a series of Christian practices, rather than Christian conveniences, then maybe the thin places would be more obvious.

 

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