These opportunities for spiritual growth contain several dilemmas, according to Creps:
Scarcity: despite their benefits, they are not practiced enough.
Practicality: they tend to operate in isolation from real life, serving as the “national anthem” before the ball game that starts whenever we go to work.
Performance: they cannot be correlated to ministry “success” in any consistent way; in other words, unspiritual people accomplish a lot while more spiritual people labor in obscurity.
Character: to speak for myself, I’ve met too many bad people who practice these disciplines rigorously and are unchanged by them.
Mission: churches are filled with people who are committed to prayer and Scripture but either have no concern for mission or actively resist the changes that it requires.
“The Disciplines are best exercised in the midst of our normal daily activities. If they are to have any transforming effect, the effect must be found in the ordinary junctures of human life.” Richard Foster
How are you in engaging in regular times of reflection of following Christ? Are you able to pray, fast, read, give, and to see opportunities for Jesus to mold you daily?