Wednesday, September 1, 2010

God Fun!

I don't like the word "discipline." It reminds me of bad things, like getting in trouble when I was younger. Or making my toddler cry when I put him in time out. Whether you're on the giving or receiving end of discipline, it ain't fun.

It's no wonder that things called "spiritual disciplines" would be something we avoid or don't like doing. Maybe we should change the name to "God Fun!" I'd definitely participate in God Fun! It sounds like God's having a party and we're invited. Woohoo! Doesn't sound like work at all! Sadly, all the Christiany books already call your quality time with God "spiritual discipline." They really missed the boat on that one.

So what qualifies as a spiritual discipline? Again, the Christiany books have lists of them. Here's a short rundown:

  • Meditation
  • Fasting
  • Prayer
  • Study
  • Simplicity
  • Stewardship
  • Silence & Solitude
  • Submission
  • Service
  • Evangelism
  • Confession
  • Worship
  • Guidance
  • Celebration

How many of those sound fun? Celebration. How many of them are we supposed to do? All of them.


That's a lot to do every day. Some of them are relegated to Sunday Mornings Only, like worship and celebration. Service can only be "projects," and can not happen more than twice a year (unless your small group is full of overachievers). And I'm sure I can come up with some medical reason not to fast. 

So what are we supposed to do? How do we incorporate these into our lives? What do they look like in practice?

Guess I'll go figure it out and let you know. That means I have to do them. *sigh* Homework.

Tomorrow: Meditation.


  1. Technically, worship is a lifestyle, not a Sunday event.

    And, conveniently, that's why we have the Foundations Ministy at the Creek :)

    You know you're glad you know me, right?

  2. Oh, was the sarcasm not thick enough in there? lol I know what worship is supposed to be. I was just pointing out what people think it is.


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