As a pastor at a church, Sundays provided the due dates I needed. The sermon had to get done- one way or another- so I could stand up to preach in worship.
Maybe you schedule a dental appointment so you are disciplined to floss before seeing the dentist. Or keep a pair of jeans that are just a bit too small so you will have the discipline to exercise a bit more.
What about in your spiritual life? What shapes your discipline there?
Lent is a season to be disciplined about our faith. The 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter are the traditional season of Lent for Christians. It is a time when we remember Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness after his baptism and before he began his public ministry. Those days that he spent in prayer and fasting prepared him for all that was to come.
Studying, exercise, flossing, getting the work done are all disciplines in our lives. Spiritual disciplines are things like prayer, reading your Bible, fasting from something that turns your focus away from God, giving, worshipping in community, singing songs that are like prayers and giving time to help another person.
Often people think only of things to give up for Lent, but maybe your way of being disciplined this season is to take on a new spiritual practice, or one you haven't gotten to in a while. If you want some accountability around it (like those due dates and dental appointments) comment below on your commitment and you will be held in prayer.