Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
I've tried the whole spiritual discipline spiel before. I've decided I was going to get up earlier to study harder and pray longer. I've decided I was going to practice fasting and remembered my vow as I scarfed down breakfast the morning said fast was to begin. I've never attempted a Sabbath because, like everybody else, there's just too much to do to stop for a day.
Recently the Lord has placed the disciplines on my heart again. This time things are different. The resolutions that I've made have (more often than not) stuck. I've remained committed through projects being due, my wife being sick for 3 consecutive weeks, and a stressful few weeks on the job.
The difference has been my motivation. In the past I've undertaken discipline as something that I "ought" to do because I'm supposed to be a spiritual leader. Now, I understand discipline to be a response to the grace of God in Christ showered on me. I want to discipline myself to become more like Christ because He is worth becoming more like! The only real reason to even practice discipline is to conform oneself to the image of Christ through communing with the Father.
But really, how can this be accomplished? Here are a few practical suggestions:
How about you? How do you discipline yourself for godliness?