Need DisciplinesThursday, November 12, 2009

Today was one of those days when I didn’t feel like doing much of anything. It felt like my best option was to stay in bed. When these days come around I have noticed the best thing to do is to work through with my routine.

My routine begins with getting out of bed, making coffee, and getting a bowl of cereal. With a cup of coffee in hand (with lots of Chocolate Caramel Creamer from International Delight in it) I sit  in my chair to pray and read.

I may not feel like doing it, but the mere fact of having a routine gives me steps to go through, one at a time, which helps me to start my day without much thought. Disciplines, whether they are spiritual or not, help give focus to my das, and provide meaning when the rest of the day seems meaningless.

I know in the past I have devalued the idea of discipline, especially the idea of spiritual disciplines. The reason I did this was because I didn’t want to get caught up in the idea “works” and I want praying and reading my Bible would flow out of my desire to connect with God.

Because I still live in the flesh there are times when my flesh desires something other than spending time with God. That is why it is important for me to set time aside each day, as a priority, to connect with God. I am well aware that given the chance my flesh will find other things to do than to live a life of faith.

In the last few months I have come to discover how vital disciplines are to my life. As a guy who likes routine, the disciplines give me a path to follow as I go through my day. They also give me any opportunity to connect with God when I would rather spend more time in bed.

I  need disciplines in my life, not because I need to show people how spiritual I am, but because with out them I am disconnected from God, which is my source of life. For the sake of life, and to grow in my relationship with God, I need to have spiritual disciplines in my life. I cannot live a life of faith without them.

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