Friday, February 8, 2013

Practice Makes...

We're probably all familiar with the phrase, "Practice makes perfect."  This phrase is often spoken in relation to improving certain skills, such as shooting baskets or playing the french horn.  When I was in seminary, an ethics professor put a new spin on this phrase for me when he said, "Practice doesn't make perfect.  Practice makes permanent."  From then on, his phrase has stuck.  I also think it's true.

There are so many ways this phrase applies to life, from acquiring a skill to implementing a habit.  For instance, if you want to learn how to roast chicken without having to use a recipe, you have to do it several times.  If you want to remember to breathe deeply when something frustrates you rather than lose your temper, you have to practice deep breathing so that it becomes natural and instinctual.   And if you want your kids to have a vibrant faith relationship, you have to practicing "doing" faith at home.

This Lent, our congregation is focusing on the theme "Practicing our Faith."   Each week will be focused on a different aspect of our faith life and how it connects with our daily life.  These include forgiveness, saying yes and saying no, telling (y)our story, honoring our body, household economics, and hospitality.  In addition to focusing on the topic in worship, we are also providing numerous ways and resources each week to put that faith practice into practice.

Needless to say, I'm super excited about this.  One of the things I'm most passionate about is helping people see how what we do in worship/at church is connected to the rest of their lives, and how what they do in the rest of their lives is connected to their faith in God.  And I love finding and then giving people resources to help them do this.

In the following weeks, I will be posting at least one post each week that relates to the thing our congregation will be practicing.  I invite you to join us in practicing these various aspects of our faith.  And I'd love to hear about your experiences in doing so as we go along. 

3 comments:

  1. I enjoy reading your blog. Lots of good ideas and things to think about.

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  2. This is my first ever attempt at responding to a blog, but then I am old enough to admit that through most of my life computers for home use were not even thought of! I enjoy your blog very much and have signed up to follow your posts by e-mail, this has been very cool and a day brightner in an already often hectic day, I first check my e-mail when I come home from work and before I often head off to "Nana". I am blessed to have many awesome children in my life and I am not even a grandmother...they are quite simply my "Busy Bodies" and the best little people in the world, all very unique and challenging not to mention FUN! Please keep your posts coming!

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  3. Thanks for your comments, and for reading, ladies! I appreciate it!

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