I am presently working on my alternative teaching certification.
I’ve got three examinations to pass. Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators. The OGET, OPTE and OSAT. I was reading over the study guide for the OGET this past Thursday night. The Oklahoma General Education Test.
I thought to myself. I have a college degree. I graduated in three years. I’ve raised three daughters. I’ve held down multiple jobs over the years. I can carry on a fairly civil conversation with adults when necessary. I could do this. 🙂
Then I delved into the practice test. Reality hit. It’s been a few years since I’ve taken algebra or geometry. Quite a few to be exact. 😦 This was not going to be a walk in the park. It was not going to be a review of my education, but rather a refresher course. A refresher course in all I know. Had my past years of education been nothing more than a lesson in futility? It was time to give my brain some true mental exercise. I was going to have to relearn what I’d learned years ago. It was going to take practice. Lots of it.
Practice makes perfect. Or so they say. So I am prepared to practice.
That’s how it is with anything we do in life. We need to practice. To learn it. To excel at it. That’s how we learn. Through repetition. As I daily work with three year olds, I get the privilege of witnessing many firsts. I am amazed to see the break through when they finally get it. The aha moment. That first time they accomplish a task. To speak. To recognize their name. To request what they want for themselves. Any feat that ushers them a step closer to independence. It’s priceless.
What in your life currently needs a little practice? What do you need to learn? What is God trying to teach you at your current position in life?
Let’s all always be open to learning. In all that we do. It’s how we grow. No matter how old we may be. Let’s all be willing to put in the practice. Practice makes perfect. We will never achieve perfection here on earth. Only Jesus has mastered that. But we can strive to be our very best. For Him. So when we stand before Christ at our final hour, we can truly say practice makes perfect. This is our final test. The only one that truly matters. And in the end we can say we have finally passed!
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. Philippians 4:9
Love and laughter,