There is no point in making the bed to me. However, what if it had nothing to do with making the bed at all, but creating a tangible moment of service and space creating to sit with God. In the morning when you wake up and start to make your bed, you realize that there is an empty space that has now been created on your bed. The motion of making your bed has woken your body up so that now when you are done making your bed you are able to sit and meditate for a few minutes without falling asleep.
I think spiritual disciplines are still probably the most important and least discussed part of being a Christian. Some of us may fast during lent, but besides that a lot of people don’t really think about how spiritual disciplines can be used during the rest of the year to help cultivate one’s own character. I studied exercise science in college, and the way I usually think about spiritual disciplines is like hitting the gym for your soul.
A few years back, a couple friends and I decided to do some inner-work on our egos. As an exercise in self-discovery and awareness we mapped out genograms, took a few personality tests, spent time in meditation, and read a couple books. What I discovered about myself was PAINFUL. My ego, or shadow as Pete Scazzero calls it, is an enemy of God. It is selfish, competitive, emotionally detached, and destructive.
This year, I planned more doable goals for myself and I am more disciplined with the way I spend money. Money is one of the leading causes of divorce, the US has trillions dollars of debt, and college students are graduating with more debt now than ever before. This does not have to be our portion, nor are we called to have money rule our lives.
New Years resolutions have been something I have tried to take seriously every year. I sit down with my close friends and my wife, and I create a list of goals for the coming year. I am a bit of an idealist, so all of my goals are usually grandiose and unrealistic. I tend to achieve about half of what I committed to for about three months, and then my discipline falters, and my goals end up falling through the cracks of my schedule. I’m sure this is a common story for a lot of us, especially when it comes to physical health and fitness.