One of my favorite books on the topic of Christian discipline is the book by Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline. It is an extremely challenging book, but at the same time it opened my eyes to new ways of practicing what Foster lists as the 12 disciplines of the Christian Faith.
Foster, in Chapter One, states, “Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”
He goes on… “Joy is the keynote of all the Disciplines. The purpose of the Disciplines is liberation from the stifling slavery to self-interest and fear.”
Over the next couple weeks I will be writing about these 12 disciplines and how they are a struggle to practice, and how rewarding they are when practiced.