"A genuine spiritual discipline is a discipline of loving obedience offered to God with no strings attached. We put no conditions on it. We put no time limits on it. We add no expectation of how we want God to change us through it. We simply offer the discipline to God, and keep on offering it for as long as God wants us to keep on. ....


When we continue to offer the discipline, that discipline becomes a means of grace through which God works and moves to transform that dead portion of our body into life in the image of Christ. One morning you wake up and discover, often to your amazement, that the discipline is no longer a discipline; it is now the natural outflow of a being that has been raised to new life in Christ --the Spirit of the One who raised Christ Jesus from the dead, the Spirit who also dwells in you, has made alive your dead body also. You did not do it. God did it. But God did it through the discipline you offered."


(Robert Mulholland Jr. Invitation to a Journey pp. 131, 133)


 "Offer the discipline"という表現に、目が開かれる思い… 霊的修練というと、どうしても自己鍛錬といったイメージだけれど、それ以上に、私たちから神様への捧げものなんですね…


 まさに、「あなたがたのからだを、神に受け入れられる、聖い、生きた供え物としてささげなさい。それこそ、あなたがたの霊的な(reasonable) 礼拝です。」(ローマ12:2)