Uncertain Faith

Finding the courgage to live with uncertainity

The Discipline of Living

Butch Rogers

30 Sep, 2015

I'm learning to live.   More than likely I have lived more than half of my life, but in many ways I'm just starting to live.  This has not just happened.  I have been intentional in pursuing living.  I guess you could say it's a discipline.  For too many years I missed out on living, because I was too busy with life.  Whether it was "making a living" or pursuing "eternal life".  I even spent eight years of my life as a pastor attempting to instruct people on how to live.

Now I'm engaging in the discipline of living.  Yes, I have received instruction in this discipline by observing and studying (some good books have helped), but the primary way I am learning this discipline is to just do it.  Like any discipline, I believe I will reach the point that I don't even have to think about it, but for now I still learning to live.  Here are a few of things I'm working on.  First, I'm trying to just take life as it comes and not worry about what's next (didn't Jesus give this advice?).  Secondly, I'm working on forgiving folks for the hurt they caused me in the past.  This is freeing me from the prison of bitterness.  Finally, I'm trying to allow people to be who they are without judging them.  This has given me a new appreciation for humanity.  I know life will come at me with all its force, bringing joy, pain, sorrow, and eventually death, but by practicing the discipline of living I'm preparing myself to embrace whatever life brings.