It’s only been in the last twelve months or so that I’ve realized the power of physical discipline for taking my spiritual discipline to the next level. It should be obvious, yet for me it hasn’t been. Discipline the body, discipline the mind.
Discipline the mind, and you’ve taken the first step toward success in many of the twelve spiritual disciplines.
St. Paul said,
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:27, ESV)
Because physical discipline yields tangible results, we begin to better understand discipline in general, and can apply that knowledge to the spiritual realm. I recently starting exercising on a regular basis, and I’ve learned:
Look, this guy:
Me, a couple of years ago.
and this guy:
Me, a couple of weeks ago
are two completely different people, physically and spiritually.
How do we become healthier physically, sharper mentally, and deeper spiritually? By disciplining the body, mind, and spirit.
By God’s grace I’m both the most physically and spiritually disciplined I’ve ever been. The two are much more intertwined than we’d often like to admit.