Listing posts tagged with Discipline:

Lent, Bubble Mania, and God

About six years ago one of my students challenged me to reveal what I was giving up for Lent.

I told her, “I’m a Baptist, I don’t do Lent.”

She said, “It’s not about being Baptist, it’s about giving up something for God. I’m giving up caffeine, what are you going to give up?”

Backed into a corner by a student I respected and confronted with the weakness of my “Baptist” excuse, I made a decision.

“I’ll give up Peanut M&Ms,” I said.


Carrying Life for Others . . .

I often feel like I am a lousy Christian. I try to follow the teachings of Jesus and I try to be obedient in all the little corners of my life.

Yet, I feel like I do not measure up to the “high calling of Christ” (Phil. 3.14).

One of the things that trips me up the most as a Christian is the need to serve others. I know I should. I think I do. I try my best.

I often feel, though, that I just do not have the whole picture.

Let me explain.


Why Submission Isn’t a Bad Word

The resistance to submission starts early. How many of us have heard a child say, “You’re not the boss of me!”

Every parent understands, well, parenting and that ongoing shaping, molding, teaching, and instructing of a child.

Children need to learn early to submit to their parent’s authority. As they grow into adolescence and even adulthood that submission takes a different shape and form.

For each of us, learning how to submit to others as we grow into the independence of adulthood often defines the kind of person we will be.

Let’s think for a bit about why submission isn’t a bad word.