One of the underlying foundations for the SSE is that putting into action what we are learning is ESSENTIAL to progress and growth. Releasing, nurturing and honing spiritual gifts is no different to releasing, nurturing and honing natural gifts. Both natural and supernatural gifts belong to us in unused potential and it is only use and constant use that allows them to shine their brightest.
“The emerging picture from such studies is that 10,000 hours of practice (3 hours per day over 10 years) is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert – in anything.”
Actually, the picture is a little more nuanced than that. I must have driven more than 10,000 hours by now given that I started driving over 30 years ago and I have done a lot of commuting in my time! Yet I am no expert. I recently took lessons to pass my motorbike test so I could get out of the infernal CBT rut every 2 years. I was shocked at how little craft there was in my understanding of the road, road conditions, and driving techniques. I was also more than a little embarrassed by how much of the Highway code I had forgotten!
No – simply cruising in auto-pilot does not bring the excellence we desire. Mathew Syed in his wonderful book “Bounce – The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice” makes the point:
“Mere experience, if it is not matched by deep concentration, does not translate into excellence”
It is vitally important that we are mentally and emotionally present, that we are engaged, that deep application is demanded of us, rather than that we are simply going through the motions.
Phil. 3:13-14 “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do:Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”