“Discipline is remembering what you want,” said David Campbell, the founder of Saks Fifth Avenue.
We quickly and easily forget what we want because we live in a world of options, distractions, and choices of endless variety. We bounce around from choice to choice and option to option, sampling much but savoring little.
We feel rushed, hurried, busy, and always a little worried that we might be missing something else that could be a little better.
Discipline is remembering what you want and making the choices to live accordingly.
Of course, we need more than discipline. We also need wisdom. For wisdom tells us what we should want. Spiritual wisdom is the best of all, for spiritual wisdom understands the nature of God, the nature of life, the nature of being alive.
The wisdom of Christian spirituality is where I live. It is not a matter of what I want. First, it is a matter of what God wants for me. Only then, is it what I want. And above all, I must want for myself what God wants for me.
I love the short words of the Apostle Paul to his beloved son in faith and protege, Timothy, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”
So, borrowing from the excellent start that Campbell gave, here is my upgrade.
Spiritual discipline is
remembering what God wants.
May you have the wisdom, power, and love of God, and then the spiritual discipline to remember and pursue what God wants for you.