LESSON 7: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Proverbs 24:16

For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.

 

I don’t care what it is you want to get better at, it’s not going to happen without practice. And a lot of it. Somewhere, I heard it takes 10,000 hours of practice to get good at any skill. 10, 000 hours of piano playing, 10,000 hours of batting practice, 10,000 hours of cooking. 10,000 hours of hula-hooping? That’s a lot of hula-hooping!

Believe me, I’m nowhere near 10,000 hours for the hula hoop. I’m probably not even at a hundred which is probably why I’m not very good at it. But I figured it out the other day. I’m way over the 10,000 hour mark for “practicing” my writing,

10, 000 hours of commitment may seem overwhelming but it’s really not. Not when you’re following your dream; pursuing your passion; and living in God’s kingdom of peace and joy.

Anything worthwhile takes practice.

Remember, worthwhile ain’t necessarily easy or quick!

God wants us to learn how to persevere in life as well. He wants us to be able to stand back up after we’ve fallen or been knocked down by life. It’s easy to start something, but not so easy to finish it. Just because things don’t happen the way we want it when we want it doesn’t mean that it’s not what God wants us to be doing.

Becoming a published writer was hard. In fact, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done; and one of the things that brings me the most joy in my life.  But you know what? I now realize God used that time to teach me about perseverance because there would come a time when I really needed to persevere.

From 2012 to the end of 2016, I went through two Gamma Knife procedures, months and month of steroids, and three different rounds of Avastin (a type of chemo) and… I had so many medical issues I could barely walk, not to mention I’d lost most of my hearing.

It was overwhelming to me—Almost!

Then one day this thought popped into my head. God’s still small voice? I like to think so. Anyway, I thought to myself—if I was able to not give up during those fifteen long years of trying to be published, then I surely was able to persevere with these “little” health issues. Right?

I’m not going to tell you that it’s been easy or that I don’t get discouraged or even depressed, because I do. I don’t know what the future holds, but then again none of us really do. If you think back to last year at this time, would you have even had a tiny inkling of the pandemic and all that’s going on? Of course not.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

God will give us the strength to persevere as well as peace and joy for the journey.

 

This is an excerpt/summarization from GOD, LIFE, & HULA HOOPS. To buy the book or get it free with Kindle Unlimited, click on the link.

 

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