The 10,000 hour rule

I learned in my Psychology class about the 10,000 hour rule: If you look at people who are the “best” or an “expert” in their field, they have generally logged approximately 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. Not just time, but actively pushing themselves outside of their comfort zone.

As an athlete it made me ask the question of how many hours have I put into my sport?

After some calculations, I figured if I put in 20 hours a week for 10 years, I would have well logged over my 10,000 hours. Well, maybe I haven’t done 20 hours a week every week of my life, but I have also been playing softball for about 16 years….

Needless to say, I’m getting up there on the hours. So I guess some may consider me an expert, the best, at the highest level, or whatever you want to call it.

I am going to keep this entry short (for the sake of midterms…wish I spent as much time studying as I did playing softball) and leave us with this:

How many hours must I study the Bible to get into heaven? How many hours in church? In Bible Studies? In Prayer?

Zero.

Why?

It’s not about the time! Just Read Romans 10:9-10,

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

All we have to do is confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus came, died on a cross, and on the third day rose from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)  There is nothing we can do to “earn” our way because Jesus already paid the price. ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and it is because of Jesus’ grace that we can have life. (Romans 3:23-24) God knows no “best” because he shows no favoritism—He only loves. (Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25, 1 John 4:7-21)

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