“Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline and cast my words behind you?” Ps 50
Unless our words of commitment and faith are followed by deeds of love, they are empty. The psalms often challenge us to discipline our lives so that we might always assure ourselves and God of our authentic desire. Discipline demonstrates, even and especially when we are unsure of what God wants of us or how to take the next step on our spiritual journey, that we are serious about living of and for God.
Discipline can take many forms. Not only must we be committed to regular prayer, but fasting, silence, spiritual reading, simple acts of service and speaking regularly with a spiritual companion are practices that remind us that we are about God's desire for us, and that results are not as important as our willingness to submit ourselves daily to being a sign of God's plan, not our own.
Today, make an examination of conscience about your commitment to the daily discipline of the spiritual life.
How important is discipline in your faith life?