The Small Things

TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

Cultivate Your Kids' Faith

Key Bible Verse: By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. (2 Peter 1:3)

Dig Deeper: 2 Peter 1:3-11

One of the things I have to do [to maintain my faith] is to have the self-discipline to continue doing the small things that matter even if I do not see them producing any spiritual fruit in my life.

For instance, I must continue to pray to God every day, read the Bible every day, attend church every week, and pray with and for my wife every day, even (especially) when I don’t feel like doing all these things. Even though sometimes this feels mechanical or unanswered, I need to continue to do these small things as part of being faithful and training myself to be prepared for when God does use me.

A good analogy is the world of sports. Athletes are required to practice a variety of small drills and skills over and over again. They often complain that there is no reason to keep doing something they already know how to do. But invariably that practice allows them to react instantly in game-time situations. The muscle memory they develop kicks in unconsciously when they need it most. They are rewarded during the game by their faithfulness to practice the small things – the game is won during practice. The harder and more precise your practice is, the better you will perform during the game. I believe God rewards our faithfulness in the small areas of worship and discipleship in the same way. When the game is on the line, our faithfulness pays off big time.

– Rick Johnson in 10 Things Great Dads Do

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