26/02/11 Discipline at any age comes hard for a lot of people
The book does have warmth, humour and love and it faces up to the cultural differences that are at the heart of the matter. Discipline at any age comes hard for a lot of people; in an age of ease keeping resolve for anything that taxes us will be a challenge. We all need those times of putting our hand to the plough and getting a shove from others. This brings me rather neatly to Lent. Having just read Amy Chua’s book I am ready to abstain from something for Lent and I am ready to urge people to follow suit. Unlike Mrs Chua I am not going to stand over you snarling about chocolate and bible study. Just be grateful Amy Chua has come to be the minister here! Now that would be a ministry to remember.
Our annual agreement with God to prepare for Easter can be a very personnel devotion. It is not something that we should rub in the faces of others but if it’s too secretive it can be ignored or forgotten. Each of us knows the real extent of our devotional life, God knows it too. He knows all our excuses and all the things we decide are more important than a prayer time; bible reading or involvement at church etc. If we don’t discipline our lives we will never achieve our goals whether it’s the piano or the prayer meeting. If we don’t focus more on devotion then God will never be given priority in our weekly schedule.
Jesus before he began his ministry had a period of wilderness, fasting and prayer and it is something we should remember and honour. I am not going to give a list of possible things to abstain from or challenges to take up for Lent. I am confident that previous suggestions have been heard. The question is will you make something of Lent this year or is it another year of being too comfortable; too assured that you are doing enough for Him.
Think I better go, I am sure I can smell something burning!