Celebration of Discipline
Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant gratification is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people. Richard Foster
These words are written as an introduction to Celebration of Discipline. This was one of the many books assigned for reading in Seminary. The proof of such is in the highlights and marks of the two chapters that must have been assigned to me for reading and sharing in one of my classes. I remember being told this book was a classic, but honestly when you’re in the waist waters of Seminary, every book kind of presents itself as just another wave.
Honestly, I can’t even tell you what drew me back to this book this Lent. Something stirred my mind to remember it and put in motion my senses to go searching for it amongst the books in the church library. Once easily found and opened, I was struck anew by the 12 disciplines laid out in the book.
There is no better season than Lent to focus in once again on the 12 disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration.
Lent is a needed disruption from the norm. On the surface and functionally (mostly) there’s little wrong with our normal lives. Each of us has found our lane to travel the highway of life. That’s fine.
The disciplines introduce for us a lane to liberation on the journey.
This Lenten season, our worship will be focused on each of these disciplines—2 each Sunday. Here’s the schedule:
February 21 – Meditation & Fasting
February 28 – Prayer & Study
March 7 – Submission & Service
March 14 – Simplicity & Solitude
March 21 – Confession & Guidance
March 28 – Worship & Celebration
Let us explore together the possibilities these disciplines present in our lives. Let us focus inward, outward, and corporately on our ongoing transformation. May these disciplines present themselves with newness and possibility.