Disciple=Discipline

Happy New Year! I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions. I used to, years ago. But I discovered that I made it only a few weeks, at most, before I caved in and gave up on my resolution. I just don’t see the point in committing to something that I know I can’t follow through on, so I stopped making those resolutions.

This year I am changing my attitude. I’ve decided to make a resolution. I am resolving to be a disciple of Christ. I do love my Lord and try to follow him, but I oftentimes fall short of being a disciple. What does disciple mean? It means many things, but, first of all, it means to have discipline. Both words have the same etymological origin, the Latin discipulus. I lack discipline in my life, hence the reason why I’ve never been able to follow through in my resolutions.

The first thing I am going to do this year in an effort to become a disciple of Christ is to be more disciplined. I am often inspired by books that I read. Matthew Kelly, in his book Rediscovering Catholicism says that there are four aspects that all humans have: physical, spiritual, intellectual, and emotional. He goes on to say that we need to be disciplined in all four aspects. I resolve to work on each of these four aspects of myself and become more disciplined in them. Some of them are going to be harder for me than others (physical is the first that comes to mind). I am going to focus on one aspect at a time and find one thing to do to become more disciplined in it.

The first aspect I am going to focus on is intellectual. I’m picking this one because it is the easiest for me. I love reading and learning. I will start by finding books that help me grow spiritually and give me a better understanding of the Church and my faith. I am currently reading two books: The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn and Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly.

I will revisit this topic often in my blogs. Review of progress towards goals is a great way to guage how one is doing in accomplishing goals and a way to keep disciplined. I will also try to discover other ways to be a disciple of Christ and focus on implementing those into my daily routine as well. I want to challenge all who read this to commit to being better disciples of Christ as well. It will bring a sense of freedom to our lives and a true joy.

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Published in: on January 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

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