All of us look at an Olympic athlete or a trained musician and long to achieve the seeming ease with which they play their “instrument”. In the Christian life, we often do the same thing when we look at mature saints; wondering how it is they seem to demonstrate Christ so effortlessly in their lives.
What we rarely see however is the hours of disciplined, holistic training and personal sacrifice that goes into the seemingly effortless product.
What is true for the athlete/musician is no less true for the Christian. Increased freedom/ease in demonstrating Christ does not happen by accident. The Christian life we desire requires intentional, disciplined, whole-body exercise to achieve.
May 1 Spiritual discipline: Grace-driven Effort
May 8 Discipline Your Eyes: Study of the Word
May 15 Discipline Your Ears: Silence and Solitude
May 22 Discipline Your Mind: Every Thought Captive
May 29 Discipline Your Knees: Prayer
June 5 Discipline Your Hands: Stewardship
June 12 Discipline Your Feet: Repentance
June 19 Discipline Your Mouth: Praise
June 26 Discipline Your Core: Fasting
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
Habits of Grace by David Mathis