Discipline is the other side of discipleship.
Discipleship without discipline
is like waiting to run in the marathon
without ever practicing.
Discipline without discipleship
is like always practicing for the marathon
but never participating.
It is important, however, to realize
that discipline in the spiritual life
is not the same as discipline in sports.
Discipline in sports
is the concentrated effort to master the body
so that it can obey the mind better.
Discipline in the spiritual life is the concentrated effort
to create the space and time
where God can become our master
and where we can respond freely to God's guidance.
Thus, discipline is the creation of boundaries
that keep time and space open for God.
Solitude requires discipline,
worship requires discipline,
caring for others requires discipline.
They all ask us to set apart a time and a place
where God's gracious presence
can be acknowledged and responded to.
it was a week of reunion
family memories, laughter, eating
love shared noisy
but no space for stillness
now home again, I open wide
my arms, my heart
open wide the gates
that the King of glory
may come as He wills
breathing deep the silence
in the quiet with Sandy