Well the chickens came home to roost and brought comeuppance with them. It was during the holidays and we were visiting the minions. Four adults and two toddlers were trying to get ready to go somewhere. I was creating chaos on the couch with various noises and facial expressions much to the delight of certain one year old. Suddenly a frilly garment with flared, layered, ruffled leggings and a blouse/top/tunic thing more complicated than a straight jacket was flung upon me. "Dad put this on her." I've put climbing harnesses on the clueless, rescue harnesses on the "unconscious" and tied a chest harness on a guy who was suspended, upside down on a cliff. So I began to untangle the Gordian knot and try to put the toddler into the thing. Think Chinese handcuffs on an octopus. If she doesn't keep her wrist straight the sleeves won't work. I'm not sure if it's the friction coefficient or dark magic. If she keep her fingers open the thing gets caught. If she bends her arms they come out the wrong place. There should only be four holes in the thing right? Much to her enjoyment my daughter heard be tell Rowan, "You know I've put and arm bar on a 300 pound man but can't put your little arm through this sleeve."
So I'm out of practice. But it serves to illustrate that what one does on a regular basis becomes habitual, second nature, comfortable and leads to a certain level of competence. If you are an athlete that's why you practice. It's why there are rep challenges on the board at the Jiu Jitsu gym. Do the same technique 200 times in a row and you are more comfortable doing it. It's why S.W.A.T. Teams do entries and clear buildings on training days in full kit. Being prayerful, helpful, friendly, nice, evangelistic and serving are no more complicated than the other things we do with ease. They are only easy because we are used to doing them. If we aren't used to doing them they don't seem to be that easy. That's easy to change. We are good at we do and tend to do what we are good at. Don't be afraid to stretch your comfort zone and make a new habit out of something that you may have been hesitant or avoidant to do.