Keep Practicing

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Tim was excited as he skated out onto the ice for his first hockey practice. I'm glad I've been skating since I was just a little kid, he thought. I'm already a good skater, so it shouldn't take me long to learn to play hockey.

After teaching the boys some exercises and watching them skate for a while, Coach Thomas called them together. "We're going to practice hitting the puck," he said. Tim was eager to try it.

SMACK! Tim's stick hit the ice hard. THUMP! His feet shot out from under him, and down he went. "Try again, Tim," called Coach as he skated over. "Put your hands on the stick like this." Tim followed the coach's directions and managed to hit the puck a short distance.

By the end of the practice time, he was discouraged. "It's a good thing I could already skate," he told his dad, who had been watching them practice. "Otherwise, I don't think I'd ever get the hang of this.I'm still not sure I will."

"With practice, I'm sure you'll do well at it," Dad replied. "You just need to learn to handle that hockey stick."

Tim practiced each day after school. "I'm getting pretty good with my hockey stick!" he told Dad a few days later.

"Great!" said Dad, who was preparing to teach a Sunday school lesson. "I knew you could do it. By the way, are you getting pretty good with your sword, too?"

"My sword?" asked Tim. "What sword?"

Dad smiled and held up a Bible. "This one," he said. "God's Word is called the sword of the Spirit. It's even more important to practice using this sword than it is to practice using your hockey equipment."

"Oh," said Tim. "Well, I learn the memory verses for Bible Club every week. Is that what you mean?"

"That's good,"approved Dad, "but don't just memorize them. Use them. Think about what they say regarding friends, witnessing, obedience, sin--any number of things--and practice doing what they teach."

Tim was thoughtful. "Okay," he said after a minute. "I'll do my best."

How About You?
Do you play baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, a musical instrument, or do something else that takes practice? You need to practice using the equipment needed for those activities, but don't neglect the special equipment God offers for you to use in fighting against Satan. Your Bible is your "sword." Study it and use it to defeat Satan as you put what it teaches into practice in your daily life.

Today's Key Verse:
Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
(Ephesians 6:17)

Today's Key Thought:
Practice using the Bible