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The disciplines exist to position myself to enjoy my relationship of devotion with the Lord who made a covenant to love me. It is duty with the aim of delight. Activity with the end goal of cultivating intimacy.
There is no shame in declaring that we need the support structure of a vital community. We need pastors, marriage counselors, business mentors, and encouraging friends in order to win in life. God rigged it that way. In fact, one of God’s greatest gifts to us is, “us.”