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Spiritual Disciplines, the Beginning

I’m finally digging into the book and workbook, Celebrating the Disciplines by Richard J. Foster .

This second chapter is The Discipline of Meditation. That seems fitting to me. Meditation should be foundational to all the other disciplines. I want to live a life that is better, deeper, more meaningful than what I’ve been experiencing. This is no one’s fault but my own. I’ve been stumbling through things for a long time. I know that there is more to the Christian experience than I’ve been living. Jesus said, ‘I’ve come that you may have an abundant life.’ Well, that abundance is not about stuff. It’s about a fulfilling relationship with Him.

FullSizeRender (1)So. Here we go. Meditation. My beginning: first I put a load of clothes into the dryer and another load into the washer. Then I took out the trash and discovered a baby bird was trapped in the garage. Tried to shoo it out of there but it didn’t want to go… so I left the garage door open in hopes that the momma bird would discover the baby and coax it out of there. It can’t survive without food and water. And now I’m thirsty.

So what does this say about my beginning? That I’m distractible? Yes. No wonder meditation is deemed a discipline.

I bought the book and the journal ‘used’. The book does not contain any notations or underlining, but the journal does. The book and the journal came from different book suppliers via Amazon.com. Of course, I read the previous owner’s answers and notes in the journal and thought, ‘Yeah, me too.’ But no. I will not just slip on this person’s answers and observations and call it a day. Oh, and I’m grateful for the other person’s notes. So inspiring.

FullSizeRenderI intend to answer every question and deliberately take the time to reflect on the meaning and implications.  I want to prayerfully consider what this means for me and how to apply it to  my life.

For me this begins with a decision to live a disciplined life that brings honor to God. Only He can change me from the inside out.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Spiritual Disciplines, the Beginning

  1. dotlatjohn

    Enjoyed your thoughts on Celebrating Discipline. Our SS class read it together last year. It’s challenging at times but full of wisdom. I look forward to reading more about your journey through it.

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