It does not matter how many times my husband shouts “Ten and Two” while we are fly fishing, I’m still going to mess it up. I get the line tangled in the branches behind me. I lose the fly or leader. I’m still unsteady on moss covered rocks thigh deep in moving water, so I slip on the rocks and end up with freezing cold water inside my waders.
For whatever reason, I have a hard time casting the fly rod. My husband on the other hand is graceful and fruitful with a fly rod. I’ve been fly fishing about half a dozen times annually for the last 5 years and often get frustrated with the sport. He’s been fly fishing every day for the last 30 years and adores it above all other forms of fishing.
The reason I’m having a hard time casting the fly rod? Probably because I’m not practicing enough. The reason my husband is amazing at it? Probably because he practices every day.
Here, sweet friends, is where I struggle spiritually. I’m not practicing all the time. I go through seasons where I feel much closer to the Lord than other times. There are times that I’m faithful to a strong prayer life and there are other times that I wean away from prayer. I have seasons where I’m immersed in the word daily…and other times where my Bible is opened only on Sunday.
I frankly don’t practice enough.
If you are feeling the same way, I’d like to offer encouragement. I think each of us has room to practice more in our relationship with God. Each of us could improve some aspect of our spiritual walk. None of us, on this side of heaven, has perfected our faith life.
Paul tells us in Philippians 4:9 “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
From childhood many of us have heard the phrase “practice makes perfect.” While I may not agree with the “perfect” portion of that phrase, I do agree that practice certainly brings better performance.
Just as fall has arrived in the South, I now have an opportunity to practice fly fishing more. And in the next weeks, I’m going to focus on prayer as a place I need to practice more faithfully in order to draw closer to God.
What do you want to start practicing more?