2009-05-15 - Soccer on the Brain
Ever since I was a little kid, I've heard people say, "Practice makes perfect." For the last eight weeks, I've been counting on that to be true. I have been coaching an Upward Soccer team at my church and each week I, along with other coaches, have come to practices week after week to hone the skills of a hundred and something little athletes. These kids have come week after week to get better at the game they have chosen to play.
Similarly, musicians meet night after night in garages and studios across America perfecting their craft. They want to be in a great band so they practice for their chance to make it into the big leagues touring the bar scene and one day sold-out arenas.
As Christians, we need to get our practice in too. Our game is a spiritual one with much higher stakes - in fact, the Bible often refers to it as a war. This game of life is indeed the ultimate game and the ultimate gig so we should practice even more fervently for it. In Hebrews it says, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25 NIV) At some churches this practice is called Sunday School. Other churches call it small groups, open groups, community groups, or one of a dozen more possibilities. Regardless of the name, we all need to make sure we are in the practice because we all play the game and "practice makes perfect".
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted