I have a new Mark Buchanan book called Hidden In Plain Sight. It is based on a passage in 2 Peter that I have been meditating on for a couple of weeks.
"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 2 Peter 1:3-9 (NIV) emphasis mine"
I honestly have not made it very far into the book because I keep reading this passage over and over again. Buchanan's assertion throughout the book is that so many of us are trying to get more of God in our lives, yet this passage tells us we already have everything we need...we just aren't tapping into it by virtue of spiritual disciplines.
I am not by nature a disciplined person. I get things done, but I am a bit "all over the place" in the process. I have always rebelled a little against a disciplined lifestyle. It is why I cannot diet. I don't want to commit to an exercise regimen. I don't keep a checkbook register. I have historically had a hard time sticking to a quiet time routine.
This passage convicted me. Especially on the heels of how hard it was to give up my caffeine addiction. I want to practice a little more discipline in my life. Prayer. Study. Service. Maybe even exercise and a better diet.
I am not sure what it looks like yet...still praying about that. But the reward of tapping into the "very great and precious promises" God has given us is an incredible motivation.