Disciplines Quotes

Quotes tagged as "disciplines" (showing 1-8 of 8)
Richard J. Foster
“A farmer is helpless to grow grain; all he can do is provide the right conditions for the growing of grain. He cultivates the ground, he plants the seed, he waters the plants, and then the natural forces of the earth take over and up comes the grain...This is the way it is with the Spiritual Disciplines - they are a way of sowing to the Spirit... By themselves the Spiritual Disciplines can do nothing; they can only get us to the place where something can be done.”
Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

Orrin Woodward
“Little disciplines compounded over time make a huge difference.”
Orrin Woodward

James K.A. Smith
“By using repetition, images, and other strategies - all of which communicate truths in ways that are not cognitively or propositional - marketing forms us into the kind of persons who want to buy beer to have meaningful relationships, or to buy a car to be respected, or buy the latest thing to come along simply to satisfy the desire that has been formed and implanted in us. It is important to appreciate that these disciplinary mechanisms transmit values and truth claims, but not via propositions or cognitive means; rather, the values are transmitted more covertly...This covertness of the operation is also what makes it so powerful: the truths are inscribed in us through the powerful instruments of imagination and ritual.”
James K.A. Smith, Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church

“The Bible is teh means through which we are introduced to Jesus and invited to follow Him in the life of humility and service. Secured by the knowledge that in Christ, our origin... and destination is God, we will yield the fruit of service to God. This is the "so what" of our Bible reading. Does it shape our spirits in love and humility? Does it lead us more fully into life with God? (Life with God, p. 34-35)”
Richard Foster

“If you want to become successful employer tomorrow, work hard on learning and practicing few simple disciplines and positive thoughts as an employee today.”
Ashish Patel

John    Manning
“Scout out competitors’ websites. Everything your competitors think is important or relevant usually exists on their website.”
John Manning, The Disciplined Leader: Keeping the Focus on What Really Matters

Alan Fadling
“...at its simplest, the opposite of acedia is love - devotion to Christ that produces active, sincere, engaged concern for others. If we let our thoughts wander, the sharpness of our holy concern will be dulled by lust, envy, greed or other unholy, lazy inward impulses.”
Alan Fadling, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest