As a person who practices a daily discipline (music), I tend to think of all activities and pursuits in the light of accomplishing a specific goal. In the case of my profession (and vocation) as Director of Music Ministry, I know the practice and energy it takes in order to play and sing in support of prayer and praise. The discipline needed for music is an everyday part of my life: the love, the purpose, the self-control, the blood, sweat and tears to accomplish what needs to be accomplished.
The word discipline comes from the same root for the word Disciple, and as Disciples of Christ our faith is also a daily discipline to be practiced in the world. All our choices and responses, decisions and priorities are an opportunity to develop and exercise our “faith” muscles. The seed of faith planted in us at our Baptism (and Confirmation) must be grown and nurtured; our faith must be practiced and lived in discipline. In those moments of catastrophe and heartbreak, sorrow and sadness, our faith will be a strong and enduring faith that will sustain us.
How to employ and exercise our faith muscles? Get involved! Do not be complacent in the use of your time, talent and treasure! Last week we were reminded in the story of the rich man and Lazarus that it is not enough to just “do no bad.” We must be pro-active in work and service for the Kingdom. There are many ministries in our Sacred and secular Community. Here at St. Aidan there are always projects of some kind that needs your support. The work for the Kingdom is never finished. Even a tiny faith the size of a mustard seed can work miracles to those around you
Just a Note: Do you love music? There is still room for more adult and children choir members and instrumentalists for our St. Aidan Music Ministry. Come and see me—or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org