1 Corinthians 9:27: No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Dear Warrior Poet,
If I could teach you one thing, it would be that what seems like discipline is life. You must lean into the work of devotion and study and solitude though you resist. Though it seems unnatural, the life of fullness is found in the early hours of devotion and the meditation of the Word. These seem like work and tedious ritual, but the fruit is a sustained flow of spiritual sap that cannot be manufactured in other ways. If I could teach you one thing, it would be that what seems like discipline is life.