DCL 6.3 Instruction | Practice Sharpens Your Talent

Video Presentation: Todd and Julie Mullins, Lead Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida

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Preparation positions talent and practice sharpens it. All coaches of championship teams agree that there are two keys to going from good to great: the preparation of the team and the practice of the play­ers. Consider these three factors that every leader must know about practice:

1.  Practice enables development – If you desire to grow and improve, you must practice.

2.  Practice demands discipline – The harder you work, the harder it becomes to surrender.

3.  Practice leads to discovery – If you commit yourself to practice, here are a few things you are likely to learn:

  • Practice shows and builds commitment.
  • Your performance can always be improved.
  • The growth process is better in an arena where you are allowed to make mistakes.
  • You must be willing to start with small things.
  • Very small improvement, consistently practiced, will produce major results.
  • Practice requires time and hard work.


Five elements of practice that sharpens our talent:

1.  An excellent teacher or coach.

2.  Your best effort.

3.  A clear purpose.

4.  High goals.

5.  The right resources.


Remember: There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to make the climb.



  •  How can you practice now to help prepare yourself to meet your future goals?


Biblical Case Study: Jesus and His Disciples (Matthew 17:14-21)

Jesus desired that His disciples would put into practice what He had taught them. He believed very much in on-the-job training. When Jesus came down from the Mount of Transfiguration, He found nine of His disciples trying to cast a demon out of a boy. He again became a mentor to His men. He saw their failure as a moment for learning and growth. What can we learn from Jesus, the master of all mentors?

1.  He observed that His disciples could not do the job. (v.17)

2.  He began to model for them what they needed to do. (v.18)

3.  He assessed their performance and explained why they had failed. (vv.19-21)

4.  He affirmed the truth. (v.20)

5.  He held them accountable to embrace it. (v.21)


Jesus instructed them, showed them, allowed them to try it themselves, and then evaluated what happened.




Are you including in your daily routine the five essential elements of effective practice? Think about each one: an excellent teacher or mentor, your best effort, a clear purpose, high goals, and the right resources.



Are you currently involved in activities that are wasting your time and energy? How can you replace these with activi­ties that will sharpen your talent?

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