I love playing sports. I always have. Growing up I was always playing football, basketball and whatever else the other guys in the neighborhood wanted to play. I was never any good at baseball, especially after that career ending whiffle ball injury, but that’s a story for another time.
My problem is that I hated to practice. I hated the preparation. I hated all the drills. I hated all the hard work that had to be done in order to get in shape and get better. My coaches knew this. They called me a “gamer.” I know that word has a different meaning now, but back then it meant someone who lived to play, but never wanted to put in the effort to get better. They were right. I just wanted to play, and it showed! It wasn’t until later in life that I realized that I needed to change.
The reality is that if you want to get better at something you have to put in the effort and work at it. It also helps if you work at it in the right way and with someone else showing you how to do it. The Christian Life is no exception. Following Jesus means so much more than just “showing up on Sunday!”
Over the last few weeks we’ve been learning more about prayer by watching David pray through the Psalms. This coming Sunday in chapter 5 we’ll see David take us through “Prayer Practice.” Hopefully we can learn from him what it takes to make progress in our prayer lives. Of course, you don’t have to wait until Sunday! You can stop and pray right now. You can also join us at church tonight at 7 for our prayer meeting.
No matter what, when it comes to following Jesus, don’t settle for being a “gamer.” Life is so much better when we keep in step with His Spirit moment by moment, day by day!
See you soon,