One thing that strikes me in “Of Miracles and Men” is the intense level of training undergone by and discipline required of the team. It isn’t surprising for a squad that excelled at this level to be so dedicated, but it is inspiring nonetheless. Throughout the film, we see the values of consistency, steadfastness, and rigorous commitment to their craft as key to their success.

Discipline and disciple come from the same root word. To be a disciple literally means to be an apprentice to a master. Being a Christian person means, then, to be an understudy (as would be said in the world of theatre and dance). A student to the one who is primary. 

What does the life of Christian discipleship look like for you right now?

Most of us go in ebbs and flows, but perhaps there are steadying disciplines that can be maintained or started this summer that can ground your life of faith.

The founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, understood these disciplines as means of grace – ways we connect to God. Prayer, worship, study, the sacraments of baptism and communion, acts of mercy and justice: these disciplines and others give strength for living a faithful life.

Whether we are on the “losing” side or the “winning” side, our relationship with God is rooted deeply enough to weather the loss or the success... and each one’s pressures.

What spiritual disciplines could you begin or restart this summer?