You get good at what you practice

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Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
Isaiah 40:28 KJV

Truth is revealed. It needs only to be practiced.
Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 174

Practice can be tough. If your practice sessions are easy and getting easier, it’s probably time to up your game a little. After all, you get good at what you practice; do you really want to practice settling instead of striving?

Or quitting instead of pushing?

One of the most encouraging things about practicing something is that the thing you are practicing is already established. Whether you’re training for a marathon, developing the habits of a master chef, or practicing listening better, the idea – the principle, if you will – of the activity exists and it is perfect. In fact, you are practicing so you can reach that ideal; you aren’t trying to create the ideal yourself. Even an artist, painting a new masterpiece, isn’t creating a new ideal of art. The artist is striving to be true to the ideal of art that already exists, by painting in a fresher way than has ever been done before.

We know the ideal exists, and we want it. So, we practice. The ideal is not tapping its toes, waiting for us. The ideal is not growing tired. The ideal is not wishing we’d come around to its way of thinking. The ideal, IS. And we practice.

Good itself, is. For all the time we spend practicing complaining, comparing, and being fearing…how much time do we spend practicing good?

“I would but…” “I can’t right now…” “I don’t know how…” And still, all that’s accomplished is practicing, well, not-good.

Go see what the day would be like if you practiced good all day. If you got in the habit of living – even glorifying – good all day. And if you catch yourself slipping up: good, you caught yourself. Get back up.

That good is not waiting around in some ethereal heaven for you to come around or to want a relationship with it. Your life is what happens because good exists. To be yourself is to be the expression of good, itself. You are in eternal relation to that good.

So practice being you. This elite athlete is practicing – and she is blessing many others along the way. These musicians are practicing. This writer is reaching beyond his comfort zone and practicing telling stories of courage and compassion.

Nothing can stop you from your practice.


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