LIFE LESSON #5: You play how you practice.
My mom lived contentedly within the framework of a rigid routine; many of these routines stayed with her up until the very end of her life. This is an amazing thing, and it inspires me to think about my own routines.
I have a friend who is dealing with the devastating consequences of his sexual addiction. It’s cost him a lot, and I am hoping that it will not cost him everything. He and I were chatting this week and he was telling me that his use of pornography began at an early age and he PRACTICED using it for many, many years, every single day. And as he practiced, well, I guess you could say he IMPROVED his service to it. His use escalated. The Sears catalogue lingerie session lost its appeal, and he began to escalate in his need for more explicit pornography. Today, this is his life. He’s chained to it. I understand and even nag about the physiology of addiction – so I get it. But it might also be wise to consider what we are practicing. Because it will be what stays with us as we move through life.
“But if it seems wrong in your opinion to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods whom your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But my family and I will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 CEB