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10,000 Hours Ephesians 4:25-5:2

10,000 Hours

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. How do you become a disciple of Jesus? That takes practice, too.

At a Glance

In his best-selling book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, the author of The Tipping Point and Blink, and staff writer for The New Yorker, says that people who are fabulously successful have almost always put in more than 10,000 hours of practice time in activities related to their success. What if we applied this rule to the practice of living faithfully as Christians?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "Bread-of-Life Presence," August 7, 1994, at

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