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Philippians 2:3-5

What Do You Practice?

With the fall has come a change in the routine. My daughter and I are both adjusting back to the school schedule and figuring out what we are going to commit ourselves to this season. The thing is, change is challenging. Even when it’s good.

Our routines, our practices, shape not only our daily planners, but ultimately affect our energy levels, attitudes, and hearts. Too much on any given day leads to a grumpy family.

But it’s not just our actions we have to practice; it’s our thoughts and beliefs, too. In fact, Joe Thorn refers to this as “preaching to yourself” in his book Note to Self. A couple of similar phrases caught my attention as I was reading the Bible. John exhorts his fellow believers to “practice the truth” and “live in the truth” (1 John 1).

Why? What’s all this about preaching to ourselves and living in the truth? Because we so often forget. Because we so often start practicing a lie.

Friends, I don’t know what this looks like for you, but there are moments when I have to catch myself and re-direct my thoughts or actions. “No, that is not true. This is what God says…” It feels ridiculous sometimes, but it is necessary for my heart and soul to get back on the right path.

As John exhorted his friends, may I exhort you: Find the truth in God’s Word and then LIVE IN IT. Repeat it to yourself. Rehearse it. Practice what it looks like. And eventually it will immerse itself in your body, mind, and soul.

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