For many of us, the word alone evokes dread. It's not that we don't want to be disciplined physically, mentally, and spiritually. But the challenge seems too hard, or the motivation more about duty than desire. And when it comes to our own Christian walk, we don't want to be legalistic and just follow some set of rules. That's not what it's all about, right?
Barbara Hughes answers with this encouraging reality: The true heart of spiritual discipline is a relationship with God. As you grow in that relationship, embracing your heavenly Father and His ways, you discover that discipline is your lifeline to Him. It is how He gives meaningful shape to all the days of your life. The 'dread' of a disciplined life will be replaced with desire and anticipation as you find that there is no greater purpose than loving Him in every moment, every activity, and every thought.