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Practice Not Perfect

"Practice makes perfect!"  Most of us at one time or another have had heard this phrase hurled at us, often in response to our own resistance to practicing. Whether it was a sport, a musical instrument, or a performance, we have been told the more we practice, the more successful we will be in whatever we are pursuing. And there’s of course truth to that idea. The regular exercise of an activity or skill is the way to become proficient in it. Ethicists call it habituation. Athletes call it muscle memory. Popular culture calls it second nature. Journalist Malcolm Gladwell quantified it in his 2012 book 10,000 hours: You Become What You Practice

And this is true in our spiritual lives, too. God has given us both as individual followers of Jesus and as people gathered in one community - the church - specific practices we can participate in to help us become more like Jesus. God uses these practices to change us so that we can live more effectively into the reality of His kingdom and can fulfill His purpose for us: helping people find and then follow Jesus. There are numerous practices we join in as a church, but during the month of January, we will look at just four, as prioritized by the Apostle Paul, to one early church in Corinth: the practices of serving, loving, worshiping and giving. 
But instead of Practice Makes Perfect; we’re going with Practice Not Perfect! Because while these practices are essential for us pointing people to God in Minneapolis, we will never get this completely right this side of heaven.  Sometimes the fear of not doing something perfectly hinders us from even trying! But the reality is that unless we start somewhere, we will never grow. In order to learn to walk, we must first walk badly. In order to learn to tie our shoes, we’ve got to try it and fail. It’s a learning process. And in order to practice what God intends for us as a church, we’ve got to start by doing it imperfectly.  

But in this case, it’s not as if we will ultimately do it perfectly. Churches are made of human beings, and human beings aren’t perfect. The beautiful truth is that as we practice serving, loving, worshiping, and giving, we will see Christ’s Church built up - and others will be drawn into the life He offers - even though we practice it imperfectly.

I’m looking forward to practicing these behaviors with you, City Church!  Look for special opportunities to get more connected and to start practicing immediately after each service all four weeks in January in our Practice Room (The Commons). Only imperfect people allowed. :)

Amy Rowell - City Church Community Life Pastor