This Type of Practice IS Perfect
March 1, 2021
Last time I talked about the importance of practice. The practice of practice, so to speak.
Have you all found something to be practicing at? If not, here’s one suggestion—one of the few things that every single one of us can do with our whole hearts.
Practice love. . . as in practice loving other people.
My first inclination is to hammer in the importance of showing love to strangers—kind words, a smile (oh, what a genuine smile can do for someone!), a small act.
But as I mull over this most important idea, I think that some of us might first need to actually practice love in our own homes, with our dearest friends and closest family.
I know I do.
Practice love with patience, kindness, protection, trust, hope, and perseverance. Practicing love is not envious, is not proud, is never dishonoring or self-seeking, is not easily angered, and it doesn’t keep track of who is right (paraphrased from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
And yes, I suppose that means I really shouldn't keep track of how many times in a row I'm the one to empty the dishwasher.
And if I can show love to my teenage son (who does not like hugs and kisses from his mama) by folding his T-shirts for him, I suppose I can do that occasionally, as well.
Practice love. Work to improve at loving those near to you and those not so near. Practice love because it’s fun. Practice love because you could change someone’s life.
And before you know it, so much love will be pouring out of you, you'll have to clean the kitchen floor.