I remember as a 14 year old gazing with amazement at the center spread ad of a motorcycle magazine. It was a huge, beautiful, powerful, elegant machine. That picture stuck in my mind for over 40 years. I’ll never forget the day mine it arrived at the dealership. A childhood dream come true. But I couldn’t drive it home. I took a friend with me who had a motorcycle endorsement on his Florida drivers license.
I enrolled in the next available motorcycle safety class to get my certification. It was agonizing. The class was held over 3 weekends. And after all, I had driven dirt bikes as a teen ager. I had hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of experience operating a motorcycle. Heck, I even raced in a few dirt bike events. What the heck was I doing here with these females (yes, half the class was female) who didn’t even know how to operate a clutch? Why couldn’t I just take the written test and get this over with?
As it turned out, I needed that class more than those who had never ridden a motorcycle before. Yes, those girls had to spend a little time learning how to operate a clutch BUT they didn’t have to break any bad habits. I thought I knew everything. Well, I did know a lot but a lot of what I knew was wrong!
So the idea that “practice makes perfect” is true only in the sense that the practice is perfect.
As we go through life, we build opinions. These opinions are abstracted and developed into deeply held beliefs, worldviews, and faith.
Do you know anyone who has built their faith (or lack thereof) on self taught opinions or smorgasbord picking and choosing? Imagine their assessment of you as you share the Gospel with them. They might see you the same way I saw those female class mates. Pray that in the end, they will see the folly, and danger, of their self reliant and errant experience and be open minded receive the Gospel message – even from someone they may feel is inferior.
That’s what I think. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.
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