When I was going through undergraduate studies I had a fear of losing the information that I was learning . The rigor of study, family life, work life, and ministry involvement instilled that fear. I asked my Prof for some advice. I asked, “Dr. Lytle, How do I retain the information I’m learning, because so much is coming at me at once, and from so many sides?” He responded simply, “Teach it! The more you teach it, the better you become at retaining it.” A week later I was teaching exactly what I was learning.
I started learning to practice the art of practicing.
James draws our attention to the art of practicing in James 1:22-24, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
Now imagine this,
What if every Christian practiced exactly what they read in the Bible?
What if every Christian obeyed every command of God to the tee?
How would your family life look?
How would this provide solutions to your prayers?
How would your country look?
How would you look to others?
The situation brings sadness when you observe the absence of practicing the art of practicing.
Perhaps what we need is not just 40 days of fasting, but 40 days of practicing.
Practice may not make you perfect, but you’ll certainly be better.
Let’s practice the art of practicing. You’ll see the change. I guarantee it!
Selvan Govender | Rev. Pastor
MA (in progress. Biblical Studies with a concentration in Education, Clarks Summit University – USA)
Associate Pastor – Caneside Fellowship Centre