Monday, June 23, 2008

The Daily Disciplines Series

Next Monday, the Lord willing, I'll post the first in what I hope will be an ongoing series called "The Daily Disciplines." From my own experiences and from what I've heard from others, being diligent and disciplined in the little things - those "small hard things" - can be one of the hardest struggles. Yet, these "daily disciplines" form a framework for our lives and help build the character and competence needed to do "big hard things."

Each Monday, I hope to post on one of these daily disciplines, beginning next week with Devotions. However, I don't want it to just be my experiences and suggestions; I want each of you to share in the comments section what works for you. Everyone is different and what works wonderfully for me won't necessarily work very well for you. With each of us sharing our experiences and helpful suggestions, I pray that we'll each be equipped with new ideas to help us in our journey in living a life for God's glory.

We can't do it in our own strength - it's only through Jesus that we can do anything worthwhile. It's essential that we rely on God to give us the strength to live a disciplined life. Things won't always work out, but in those times we should remember to once again thank God for His grace.

Why is it so important to be disciplined in the little things? After all, not very many people see them! It's important because the habits formed now - whether good or bad - will stay with you, often for the rest of your life. Plus, by working on the "little" things of life right now, we are preparing for greater things in the future. After all, "whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." (Luke 16:10)

Let me know your thoughts on this series, and if you have any suggestions or certain topics you'd like to see addressed, please let me know!


Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,

This is a wonderful idea. The only idea I have is prayer, but not just our daily prayer, I'm thinking specifically praying for our enemies. I struggle with this myself, so that is why I suggest it. I conveniently forget to say those prayers on a daily basis.

And praying that your enemy will get a flat tire or stub her toe is not what I mean! ;)

Julie C. from Maine

Maria Pauline said...

I'm looking forward to your new serie!