A Disciplined Life

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I teach on Mondays and I am having one of my classes read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I read this story once when I was in 8th grade and then skimmed different parts of it over the years. It is interesting how a story takes on a different life depending on the stage of life you are in. The first time I read it I was struck by the fact that Corrie and her family had boldly and bravely hid Jews despite the danger. I liked the part where Corrie is freed and had a sense of relief that everything worked out okay for her.
Now that I am older with a little more life experience I realize the horror of the things that she saw. The great pain of losing the people that she loved and then being the one left to go on. I have also been struck this time by her faith and the faith of her family. They trusted God, deeply and unwaveringly. The first part of the book is about Corrie’s early life before the occupation. I didn’t understand the first time that I read this why it was included in the book (besides general background information), this time through I realized that the family didn’t just stumble into doing the “right” thing. They didn’t all of the sudden trust God implicitly with their whole lives. They lived disciplined lives. Each morning and each evening they read the Bible together as a whole family, they spent time praying and making God a consistent part of their lives. They practiced kindness, compassion and generosity as a family. It was the consistency of their relationship with God that allowed them to have such an extraordinary impact on others.
I feel like winter can bring such a funk in my life, unfortunately even spiritually. I have been motivated and inspired by her story to be more disciplined in my relationship with God. It sounds so mechanical and so blah but the older I get the more I realize it is the discipline in the relationship that
causes it to grow and the feelings come with it. I don’t know that I will be asked to serve others the way the ten Boom family did during WW2, but I hope that people can look at my story and be inspired by my consistency in my relationship with God too.

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