February brought with it a desire to finish my book, Temple Sweepers: Motivation for a Healthy Body and Soul. The introduction and first two chapters became the meat of my book proposal. They have been scrutinized, edited, rewritten, and edited some more. It’s time to get on with it and finish the other eight chapters. My biggest problem is that every day brings with it its on set of lessons and experiences that influence what goes into my writing.
Take this weekend for example. While in the middle of writing the chapter on discipline and self-control, my husband and I attended the WinterFest event in Gatlinburg,Tennessee. Its purpose is to motivate teens to live with and for Christ. Since Ron and I feel like teenagers trapped inside old bodies, we felt we should go along. God is so funny. Guess what the theme was. Twelve! The twelve spiritual DISCIPLINES! Now, that’s funny.
The songs, videos, skits and speakers explained and motivated us to incorporate the disciplines of prayer, meditation, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance and celebration into our lives. My head is so full now I’m not sure I can sort through all of this and find my place to begin writing again. I need your help. I need your prayers so that I can incorporate these disciplines into my life and clearly hear what God wants me to write.
While working on this chapter I discovered something I had never realized. I had always thought of discipline and self-control as being the same thing. But when I looked at those two words more closely I discovered discipline is the act of bringing positive things into our lives, while self-control helps us push away the things that tempt us to lose focus on God. Help me out a little. What do you have the most trouble with – incorporating the twelve spiritual disciplines into your everyday life or controlling your own selfish desires? How much do they affect each other? How much good do we have to bring in to push out the bad? How does the Holy Spirit help you cling to what is good and resist what is evil? There are no right or wrong answers here – only what is in your heart. I have some thoughts on these questions, but your insight will help me tremendously. Think on these things and please keep me in your prayers. You will remain in mine. Thank you so much for reading today. I look forward to your comments.