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I never met Dallas Willard...

...but he changed how I follow Jesus.

Dallas Willard went Home last week at age 77. He touched many lives (including Richard Foster, who influenced me too) through his teaching and writing. Here are a some ways he breathed life into my stale practices as a disciple of Jesus.
Willard taught me that you have to practice the disciplines in order for them to change you. I liked his analogy of thinking I could hit like a big league baseball player if I behaved exactly as my favorite baseball star does in the game. (Spirit of the Disciplines) No, my favorite big league hitter is good because he has been swinging a bat since childhood, and he practices, practices, practices. We who follow Jesus fail in temptation and big-league problems because we think we can just step up and look like Jesus and knock the spiritual ball out of the park while in the game. No, we too must practice the disciplines Jesus taught us daily in order to live like Jesus. We can respond as Jesus would if we live the di…