discipline

A Word of Caution Regarding Bible Reading Resolutions

Sam Allberry: 

This is truly frightening: it is possible for us to hold to the authority of God’s word, and to never miss a day of carefully reading our Bible, and yet all the while neglect coming to Jesus. There is a way to be biblical but not relational. But it makes us into a Pharisee, not a disciple. Biblical it may be, in one sense, but in a way that is profoundly unbiblical. [...]
But what matters most is love for God. So I say to myself and to you: read the Bible in 2017. Read it, not to “conquer” books of the Bible or to “get them under your belt” (scare-quotes entirely necessary). Read it to kindle a fire for the Lord. Read it to prove his love for you, not to prove your self-discipline to him or to others.

Consider covering up the dates on your Bible reading plan. This doesn't solve the problem, of course (which is ultimately a matter of the heart), but it's a step in a healthy direction. 

The Discipline of Habit

The late Donald Murray, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, on the habit of writing:

I do not wake singing, 'To writing, to writing, I will go.' I drag my rump to the desk by habit. Most of the time I like being there, but I never like going there.[ref]Murray, Donald. Writing for Your Readers: Notes on the Writer's Craft from The Boston Globe. Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1992.[/ref]

 




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