#6 Top Ten Things I Learned in Seminary – Spiritual Disciplines are Essential

#6- Spiritual Disciplines are Essential.

Entering Seminary I heard tales of Seminary becoming a Cemetery of ones passion and spiritual vitality.

At the end of Seminary, I think this is totally possible.  But it is not the Seminary’s Fault when this happens.  My thoughts on why this happens:
  • Student Gets Busy, things start to get cut left and right.  
  • Among the first of these often are Spiritual Disciplines.  
  • When one’s spiritual disciplines dry up, then you feel like you are in a cemetery.
  • The Seminary I attended, encouraged us in our spiritual disciplines, 
But, How is this Different than Anyone else Anywhere Else?
  • It assumes that just because you are in school to learn about God, God owes it to you to stay close to you no matter what you do… 
  • Doesn’t the same thing happen if you ignore your spouse for a period of time to do classwork, work work, etc???  
  • In all honesty, I wouldn’t be surprised if the same group had difficulty when they enter ministry, life is busy too, ministry is busy as well.  If you don’t take care of your house, it won’t be good. 

Here are a few things that I picked up through my Seminary years that worked:

  • Prayer
    • Rather than just a one sided bullet prayers, I learned to incorporate quiet time.  Getting away has helped me gain more clarity in who I am and who God wants me to be.
  • Fasting
    • Is another prayerful spiritual discipline.  
    • I fasted electronics at some times, and food at others.
    • Both helped me be more reliant on God, be more confident in his providence and more focused on the things that kept me closer to God.
  • Personal Application
    • There is plenty of study in the Scriptures in Seminary.  
      • I suggest taking the opportunity when they ask you to make a personal application statement, to actually look for personal application to this.
  • Go to conferences
    • I attended PDYM and SYMC during my seminary years.  These events helped me focus on why I was attending seminary.
    • Keeping my eyes on the prize helped me run harder during long stretches of papers and exams.
    • Conferences also helped me integrate and reground myself in why I am who I am and where I am where I am. 

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