Thought of the Day March 29, 2017

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"Discipline is the other side of discipleship. Discipleship without discipline is like waiting to run in the marathon without ever practicing. Discipline without discipleship is like always practicing for the marathon but never participating. It is important, however, to realize that discipline in the spiritual life is not the same as discipline in sports. Discipline in sports is the concentrated effort to master the body so that it can obey the mind better. Discipline in the spiritual life is the concentrated effort to create the space and time where God can become our master and where we can respond freely to God's guidance. Thus, discipline is the creation of boundaries that keep time and space open for God. Solitude requires discipline, worship requires discipline, caring for others requires discipline. They all ask us to set apart a time and a place where God's gracious presence can be acknowledged and responded to." (Henri Nowen) By virtue of Baptism we are disciples of Jesus Christ. The depth of our relationship as a disciple will depend on the extent Jesus is the true Lord of our lives. If he is, then we give him priority time in our lives. Without this commitment, we will become lukewarm disciples or what's-in-it-for-me disciples. Since out of love Jesus was all-in for us, he is looking for disciples who will be all-in for him out of love.  This is radical discipleship.

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