Faith and Discipline

My wife and I have been looking for an inspirational book to help us with our faith journey.

The book we chose was Mike Slaughter’s Momentum for Life.

The book is a simple, action-oriented approach to building discipline (body, mind and spirit) while dreaming and visioning what God’s purpose and mission is for our lives. Discipline, combined with dreaming and visioning for God’s best generates momentum…   and momentum brings fuflillment, success, peace, joy, and the opportunity to really make a difference in the world.

My reflections (I am responding to the book…   not reporting on what it says), just from the first nine pages…   focus on the fact that we need both faith AND discipline in gaining ‘momentum for life’. Think about it, discipline is hard to achieve. Acting consistently and responsibly towards a goal is hard to achieve. Without ‘faith’ in something bigger and more important than ourselves, the value of discipline is greatly reduced as is the motivation to pursue discipline. In some sense, discipline is a ‘tool’ in which to accomplish something. Discipline without faith in ‘something’ makes little sense.

On the other hand, ‘faith’ without discipline leads to much unrealized potential and frustration. Once again, think about it…   how many times do we have hopes, dreams, visions, goals, and faith that just melt away and disappear because we just can’t seem to ‘stick to the plan’ (think New Year’s resolutions).

On page 4 of his book, Slaughter references Hebrews 11:1:

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen

The simple truth is that both faith and discipline are necessary for momentum.