“If you don’t pray often…”

"If you don't pray often, you won't gain a love for praying..."

 

I found this quote floating around the interwebs and was struck by it. It’s totally awesome and true on its own, but I think you can substitute quite a few words for “prayer” and “praying” and it’ll ring just as true. Observe:

If you don’t run often, you won’t gain a love for running. Running is work, and therefore it is not very appealing to our natural sensibilities. But the simple rule for running is this: Begin running and your taste for running will increase. The more you run, the more you will acquire the desire to run, the energy to run, and the sense of purpose in running.

Or…

If you don’t write often, you won’t gain a love for writing. Writing is work, and therefore it is not very appealing to our natural sensibilities. But the simple rule for writing is this: Begin writing and your taste for writing will increase. The more you write, the more you will acquire the desire to write, the energy to write, and the sense of purpose in writing.

How about…

If you don’t meditate often, you won’t gain a love for meditation. Meditation is work, and therefore it is not very appealing to our natural sensibilities. But the simple rule for meditation is this: Begin meditating and your taste for meditation will increase. The more you meditation, the more you will acquire the desire to meditate, the energy to meditate, and the sense of purpose in meditation.

And…

If you don’t love often, you won’t gain a love for loving. Love is work, and therefore it is not very appealing to our natural sensibilities. But the simple rule for love is this: Begin loving and your taste for love will increase. The more you love, the more you will acquire the desire to love, the energy to love, and the sense of purpose in love.

I’m not totally sure who Leslie Ludy is, and I hope she doesn’t mind me hijacking her quote. What would you add instead of prayer?

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