How much practice does it take?

Recently, I was working on an article for work about how much practice it takes to perfect the skills required to perform on the job with the hope of becoming an expert. According to Malcolm Gladwell, “The 10,000 hours rule states, ‘It takes ten thousand hours deliberate practice to become an expert.’”

Essentially, this rule centers around the word deliberate. When you practice, are you looking to improve how you performed the last time? Are you evaluating how successful it was or working on those aspects that were less than successful?

These questions and this same theory can apply to how we practice what God has taught us. Just as a master pianist practices for hours every day and Olympic swimmers spend numerous hours in the pool, we need to practice and improve our own behaviors. Philippians 4:9 "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."  The International standard translation says, “Keep practicing these things: what you have learned, received, heard, and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

I know I need to continue practicing – I am nowhere close to the 10,000 hours it takes to be an expert in what God has taught me – but I have lots of opportunities to practice every day.

Sarah Thompson

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