Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Discipline

For some of us the word discipline is very difficult word. It is harsh, hard, and just plan not fun. It, to often, is associated with punishment. However, I don't think that it is meant to be that way. Discipline is something that is necessary. Discipline is something that is a good thing and helps us to become more fully who we are created to be. Without discipline we would never learn or grow.

The 40 days of Lent are a time for us to be more disciplined about focusing on our relationship with God. Over these next 40 days we need to be intentional about relating to God. We need to be disciplined in our prayer life. We need to be more disciplined about worship, and service, encounter God in the scriptures and sharing our faith. This discipline is good for us and can help us to encounter God and to grow in his image. So what is your plan? Do you have a plan to help make these 40 days life-changing?

Something I was thinking about today was how we might be able to find things in our life to be "triggers" or reminders to focus on God. This could help us to be more disciplined over the next 40 days. Is there something that happens regularly throughout your day that you could allow to be a trigger to turn your thoughts toward God. Maybe you have a watch that beeps every hour, or a clock that chimes. Maybe you could let that be a trigger to pray. Maybe every time you get an email or check your email it could be a trigger to check in with God. What are some regularly occurring things in your day that you could turn into reminders so that you could make the next 40 days very intentional about focusing on God.

Think about it. Think about how you can turn ordinary moments and happenings in to God moments throughout the next 40 days. Be creative. I know we have it in us, in college we could make anything into a party game. Create a discipline for your life that helps you encounter God in your ordinary day. Make yourself some reminders of your desire to be in relationship with God and to live it real ways.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

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