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Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

This post is a part of the Five Minute Friday link up. We write for 5 minutes on a one-word prompt without heavy editing and see what happens. Today’s prompt is “practice.”

Everyone has heard the saying, “practice makes perfect.” Well, I’m here to tell you, that’s a lie.


Let’s say you are learning to play the piano. You have a piece of sheet music in front of you, but you have never actually heard the piece before. So you do your best, practicing and practicing to memorize the music.

Then a music teacher comes along and asks you to play the piece you’ve been working on. So you pull out that music you’ve been practicing and, lo and behold, you find out you’ve been playing parts of it incorrectly the whole time!

So did all your practice make that piece perfect? No. So, I am thinking the saying needs to be “perfect practice makes perfect.” You really need to know that what you’re practicing is the right thing.

My sister in law and her husband just divorced after more than 30 years of marriage. One of their main problems was that neither of them knew how to communicate. She would point out things that he was doing wrong; he would acknowledge that and work to change his ways. After awhile, he would think, Huh, I must be doing OK because she hasn’t said anything. Meanwhile, she’s seeing him slide back into old habits and think, He’s just doing things the way he always did them, so he must not care! Why even bother saying anything?


The problem was that he had been practicing imperfectly. And he didn’t have anyone around to show him where he was going wrong. If you take two broken people who spent too many years playing the piece the wrong way, and only one of them wants to put the work into learning the music correctly, well, giving up is inevitable.

Coaching—in music, in sports, in life, in marriage—is essential.

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Sing, Sing, Sing!

We’ve been battling incessant colds around here. One after another, family members have fallen victim to a lingering cold that produces a cough that just goes on and on and on.

Last night, I was awakened at 2:30 and could not get back to sleep until after 4:30. I used the time to pray some, but I was mostly just frustrated at my inability to sleep. I knew morning would still come, along with the responsibility of getting kids off to school, making a menu, going grocery shopping. All I really want to do when the kids get out the door is go back to sleep.

The last thing I feel like doing is singing.

But, as I posted several days ago, music is reviving, refreshing, rejuvenating. Maybe it’s just what I need. “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”

I help lead worship at church this weekend and rehearsal is tonight. Practicing the songs is not only a necessity, but perhaps it is a prescription for revitalization that my body desperately needs this morning.

By faith, I will sing. Right after I take a little nap.

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