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Each and every day you follow certain routines. While some aspects of your schedule may change from day to day, there’s often a defined order to what you do and when you do it. To put it another way, you have practiced living a certain way and have practiced it so well that many aspects of life are routine. These practices will all impact how you live and how you grow.
As a result, it is vital that we all make a radical shift in our daily practices. In Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, Peter Scazzero outlines what this radical shift looks like. While it’s difficult to summarize what this looks like, Scazzero does an admirable job of narrowing it down to a single sentence. He writes, “An emotionally healthy disciple slows down to be with Jesus, goes beneath the surface of their life to be deeply transformed by Jesus, and offers their life as a gift to the world for Jesus.”
There are three main practices highlighted here. First, slowing down to be with Jesus. Second, going beneath the surface in your emotional and spiritual to be deeply transformed by Jesus. These two lead to the third, offering your life as a gift to the world for Jesus.
READING & JOURNALING:
In what ways can you make radical shifts in your daily practices so that you can slow down to be with Jesus, go beneath the surface in your life to be transformed by Jesus, and to offer your life as a gift to the world for Jesus?
Heavenly Father, today’s reading has helped me see that the Christian life truly does require a radical shift in the way I think and the practices I live by. Continue to guide me, shape me, and transform me into the person You have made me to be, so that I may reflect Your love to others who may be living in brokenness. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Heavenly Father, I realize I could swim in an ocean of Your promises and would never be able to see how far and wide and deep they go. Today, I pray that the truth of being raised to a new life will captivate my thoughts, words, and deeds. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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