Episode 17 – Disciplines: Mind Over Mattress & Journalling

Jake and Brett talk about two actions of disciples (disciplines), “mind over mattress” and journalling and how these disciplines are valuable on the way of the heart. 

Key Points

  • Disciplines are actions of a disciple
  • A great omission is that Christians aren’t becoming and making disciples of all nations (see Matthew 28:18-20)
  • “Jesus is taking students in the masterclass of life.” (Dallas Willard)
  • Mind over mattress – get up each day when you say you are going to get up
  • “Conquer yourself each day from the very first moment, getting up on the dot, at a set time, without granting a single minute to laziness. If with the help of God, you conquer yourself in the moment, you have accomplished a great deal for the rest of the day. It’s so discouraging to find yourself beaten in the first skirmish.” (St. Josemaría Escrivá)
  • Journalling is a valuable way to remember what the Lord has done in our lives
  • The content in your journal can be very simple, even bullet points, themes of what’s happening in your heart
  • It’s ideal to journal to the Lord and not simply to yourself
  • Journalling allows you to remember what the Lord has done if we will go back and review what’s happened in the past
  • You can’t try a discipline once or twice and expect it to change everything – our hearts change much slower than that
  • Over time a discipline repeated actually develops virtue
  • Try it for two weeks and evaluate at the end of the two weeks if the discipline is bearing fruit
  • Daily, meaningful connection with our spouse is another important discipline
  • Worship music can help our emotions and our thinking
  • Other disciplines include scripture, fasting, repentance, and regular confession

 Discussion Questions:

  • What struck you from this episode?
  • How might “mind over mattress” positively impact your life?
  • How might journalling positively impact your life?
  • What are one or two disciplines that you find helpful on the way of the heart?

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