Recently for Mother’s Day my wife decided to treat my mum to a new car stereo. Mum’s stereo had not been working since she had an airbag replaced in a product recall and it was never put back right. Mum likes her music and the couple of hours travel distance between our place and hers has been particularly long for her in silence with her dog who is not much of a chatter. Replacing her stereo looked like a great option and easy favored child points to be had. My lovely wife did some research into costs for an auto electrician, which when costed up looked a very expensive option. Roll in YouTube. My lovely wife looked up how to dismantle the dashboard of a Mazda Demio and convinced me that I could replace mum’s stereo myself at a fraction of the price. I am always up for a challenge; it was worth a punt.
Sometimes my approach to spiritual discipline and being prepared for the calling God has for me can be pretty lacklustre. At times my spiritual discipline has had all the enthusiasm of doing a couple of sit ups at the gym and calling that enough of a work out for my abs. Talking about commitment to goals, Arnold Schwarzenegger recounted watching Muhammad Ali doing sit ups in the gym, someone asked him how many sit ups he did. Ali responded “I don’t know, I don’t start counting until it hurts”. Wouldn’t it be great if we could muster the same enthusiasm in our spiritual disciplines? Going beyond our natural giftings and purposefully doing that which does not come naturally to us.