Daily Devotion, September 30, 2020 - Practice

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – September 30, 2020
Hebrews 12:1-2
Weekly Theme: Faithfulness
Today: Practice

When I was 7 or 8 years old, my mom thought it would be a great idea if I learned to play the piano and for the next 5 years, I took piano lessons and even participated in a few piano guilds. I was told by my piano teacher, Mrs. Bird, to practice every day so that I would do well in the guild. She would drive by my house and see me outside playing football and basketball. During my next lesson, she would nicely suggest that I also incorporate playing the piano into my “play time”. On the big day of the guild, I recall being extremely nervous, even terrified, as I performed in front of some very stern looking adjudicators. I also remember wishing I had practiced more as my teacher had suggested.

Today’s scripture reminds us that if we want to be part of the witnesses and heroes of faith who are mentioned in Hebrews 11, we need to run the race with endurance. Part of running a race (and playing the piano) involves practicing and preparing to increase the runner’s ability to endure the certain distance she will be running on the actual day of the race. Bit by bit, day by day the runner increases her ability to strive for the prize and perfect her technique so that on the day of the race, she will be rewarded with a victory. If she does not practice and prepare, she will miss out on the prize, victory.

Now 52 years later, I am very thankful my mom insisted I take piano lessons and that my teacher held me accountable to practice in between lessons. Because of their insistence and persistence, I can at least “peck” out a tune to see if I am familiar with it as I prepare for worship service each week. More importantly, I am also thankful that my mom and dad, were very persistent in teaching me about Jesus Christ. They taught me different ways and practices to learn and grow in my relationship with Jesus and endure the race towards a victorious life with Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was taught to pray, read God’s Word, fellowship with other believers, worship and praise God, and serve the Lord by serving others. These practices, also called Holy Habits, continue to help me as I run the race and keep my eyes on the prize, Jesus Christ, whose presence is with me every step of the way.

Dear God, thank you for the lessons we learn in everyday life… like the ones I learned as a child through piano lessons. As we endure life every day, help us to look for you with faith and trust, knowing and feeling Your presence with us through Your Holy Spirit, and enduring the race as we run towards the prize, your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we now pray. Amen.

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