Publisher: Upper Room
What’s the secret to living a spiritual life? So much is happening in our world that we often get distracted and listen to voices other than the voice of God. “If we want to be disciples of Jesus, we have to live a disciplined life,” Nouwen asserts. In the spiritual life, discipline requires conscious effort to keep every area in life from being filled up. It means creating space in our life for God to act and speak. Nouwen identifies 3 essential disciplines for maintaining a life of discipleship: solitude, community, and ministry. In solitude we learn to listen to God through prayer. We realize that we are beloved sons and daughters of God. In community we learn to celebrate, as well as to practice vulnerability and forgiveness. After we have experienced solitude and community, we feel God’s call to minister to a hurting world. God empowers us to do amazing things. This encourag ...