I have found myself to be more random in my living recently than disciplined. I think our lives as Christians are combined of the two. We must be disciplined because it is essential in our spiritual growth. I wanted to ask a few basic questions with the intention to open my/our mind up to ways to be disciplined in the essentials of life. The Word of God: We Baptists have had much teaching on the Word of God, or at least we should have. Many times I find myself losing sight of the beauty of it in reality. It is God's Word! Yet, many times treat it as though its not. I read a book once and can't remember the author but he said, "If I gave you $1,000 for every verse you memorized how many verses would you read?" Then he said something along these lines, "The Word of God (memorizing) is much more valuable than the $1,000/verse offer." I think when we stop and completely refresh our minds with what the Word of God really is, God's Word, then we would be more ready to read it with the intention of acting upon it. How do you read God's word and what is your weekly/daily discipline? Prayer: I think being in touch with the reality of God's Word and reading it with the intention of obeying it directly affects our prayer life. Again, I think if we truly grow in understanding of prayer we would never cease to talk with God about everything. There is much to be said, but how do you discipline and prepare yourself to speak to God? Do you remind yourself who you are speaking to or do you speak to Him as you do everyone else? Feel free to be detailed as you will. Our teachers/pastors: Lastly, I wanted to talk about how we treat those who give us guidence and truth in God's Word. As a teacher myself and a ministry student I find myself pridefully trying to do it all. Being part of the body of Christ means that we need to be nourished through other members while also nourishing. How do you deal with weekly sermons? Do you forget them in a couple hours? Do you treat them as if they are just information to know? Do you discipline yourself to consider them and obey them according to God's Word? What about Fellowship groups such as Sunday School classes or Bible studies? Is it all just information? Do you naturally obey what is learned or do you discipline yourself to give each message at least some thought? What if the Romans or Corinthians treated Paul's messages like we do our spiritual leaders today?