Practice Makes Perfect
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Yesterday afternoon, I joined a friend to shoot a round of golf for the first time in two years. I did not pick up my golf clubs at all last year and this year, I also have not practiced at the driving range. I gave myself low expectations on what I was going to do at the golf course. The first shot was like learning again as the lack of practice meant I had no muscle memory of the motion of the proper golf swing. It did get a little better in the next few holes, but in the end, it was quite a high score and a lot of missed putts as well.
Paul reminds Christians of some fundamentals that we should be following and doing. Reading a book about golf doesn’t make you a golfer, just like reading the Bible doesn’t just make you a great Christian. Paul wants us to imitate those who are already doing it and then putting it into practice. This is the way that we can get better, just like it applies to Golf or any other hobby or sport that we want to get better at.