Discipline and Missions

The word God gave me this year is discipline

I am flat out bad at it. I feel constrained by schedules and when I don't accomplish tasks on the days I plan I chastise myself. But then I don't plan my time and so I have a stack of things that need mended or a messy room I need to work on and I just don't do it until I can't put it off any longer.

I don't want to live that way. I don't want my kids to live that way. And guess what? It is harder to live in true community without it.

If I don't regularly go to the store or library or coffe shop or for a walk around the neighborhoodat about this same time each week or day I won't have multiple opportunities to develop community with my neighbors or those who work at the places I frequent. And without community it is difficult to show folks the love of God and have opportunities to share the solution to all our deepest needs — Christ.

I long to live my life that way. It isn't complicated, but it does require planning and discipline. It requires me to step out of my personal bubble to be intentional about caring for the people and the city I live in.

What do you need to do so you can share the good news?