Including good things.
Especially the things connected with flourishing.
It is striking how many principles, lessons, insights, instructions, and commands are in the Bible that tell you to put into practice something good, and strenuously avoid doing what is wrong.
You get better at whatever you practice repeatedly.
If you practice anger, you will get better at being angry. If you practice kindness, you will get better at being kind.
If you practice interrupting others when they are speaking, you will become an interruption pro. Do you know anyone like that? If you practice attentive listening, you will find people are drawn to you.
If you practice non-stop talking, you will become a talking machine. If you practice dialogue, you will eventually become a skilled conversationalist.
If you practice unforgiveness, you will hold grudges, lose relationships, and become bitter. But if you practice forgiveness, you will have lower stress and anxiety, more peace and contentment, and healthier (and happier) relationships.
Do you get where I am going with this?
He has shown you, O man (and woman) what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
God tells us what the good life is.
God tells us what flourishing looks like.
God tells us what real and eternal, more and better life is.
And God tells us to put into practice what we are to do!
Because the more you practice what God tells you to do, the better you get at it. The better you get at it, the more you flourish and are blessed. The more you flourish, the happier you are. The more you flourish with great joy, the more those around you experience the life of God spilling and splashing over from your life into theirs.
So, practice all the goodness God tells you to practice.
And then repeat … and repeat … and repeat.
Your flourishing capacity and experience will accelerate.
May you have the empowering grace to do everything God tells you to do, and enjoy doing it, for his greater glory and your greater joy.
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