Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Practice Makes Perfect (Part 14)
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in It day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in It. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.
Psalm 71:14 (NKJV)
I have set the Lord continually before me.
Psalm 16:8 (NASB)
He Who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.
John 8:29 (NKJV)
So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Luke 5:16 (NKJV)
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer.
Acts 1:14 (NASB)
How we spend the majority of our time sets us up for success or failure. Are we ready or rusty? Studied or stumped? Vigilant or vulnerable? Dressed or naked? Fit or flabby? Where food is concerned, many of the world's stars follow the 85/15 plan. 85% of the time, they eat well; 15% of the time, they eat for fun.
That's approximately one day out of seven. Work and rest succeed by the same course, because God created it. He calls it a Sabbath.
When we overwork our bodies or minds, we become idols of perfection: applauded by men but destined to burnout. When we under-utilize our bodies or minds, we become slugs of complacency: disregarded by men and destined to mediocrity.
Worldly leaders in all fields practice frequently. Good habits are a priority. Success is their reward.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: from you, God requires more. Consider it: As a Person, 'Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52). Note: His success came from God first and man second. Jesus prayed often. He always did those things that pleased His Father.
But in the world, Jesus was also a Carpenter: undoubtedly practiced, skilled and respected. Then He became a Warrior, Healer, Prophet, Prisoner and Savior. For each role, He rehearsed diligently. You, too, must rehearse diligently.
Consider these practices to please your Father: humble yourself, stay in His Word, pray all the time, follow His lead, hang with the saints, wait patiently, be kind to all, go to the world, act like your King and spread His good news.
Consider these practices to please your bosses in media: humble yourself, respect their words, polish your look, market your gifts, hang with your job, wait patiently, be kind to all, go to the world, act like a star and spread all good news.
Time is precious. Use it well.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.