Practicing Discipline

This year, I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution. I thought it over and realized that every time I made one, I broke it, and then gave up on it. However, in mid-December, I decided that I needed to start being more disciplined in several areas. This was a decision that I made initially based on the fact that I had to write 30 pages worth of papers in the last week of the Fall semester and I saved it all for the last minute. I was incredibly stressed and didn’t sleep much. I realized that if I were more disciplined at the beginning of the semester, I would have gotten ahead in my homework and then had less to do later. But I decided to have more discipline in other areas of my life as well. In this way, my New Year’s resolution is kind of to be more disciplined, just unofficially, because otherwise I may give up as soon as I break it once.

Sadly, the one area I’ve been failing at is spiritual discipline. This isn’t to say I don’t pray. I pray daily, often more than once a day, but always at my own convenience. I’m failing at setting aside a time for God, a time in which I’m only focused on Him. Now, you may be thinking, “It’s okay, Lizzi. Everyone gets busy and fails at doing that.” But it’s not okay. To have a real relationship, you need to spend time with that person, and the same goes for the Creator of the universe. Christianity is a religion in which the relationship is key, and since it’s both a religion AND a relationship, this involves discipline within that relationship. And so, I’m going to begin REALLY observing the divine hours daily, and I’d like accountability on this. It will be the first step in my practicing spiritual discipline.

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