Monday, 22 August 2011
The disciplined life
“He was a very disciplined man. He was a single man so he did not have a wife and family. He was extremely devoted. Until his later life, he usually rose between 5 and 6 each day and spent a lot of time in prayer,” said Wright, who has personally known Stott since 1978. “He has a long list of people he prayed for, and that is one reason why he remembered people so well, because he was regularly praying for hundreds of people. For that reason also, he tended not to stay up very late.”
Not only was Stott’s daily routine strict, but his year was structured with a razor-sharp focus on maximizing his effectiveness in various ministries. For 25 years, Stott spent three months out of the year in international travels, speaking at conferences and preaching around the world; three months in writing; and six months in ministry.
“He was extremely disciplined in his personal life and very simple in his habits. He lived in a one bedroom, one living room with a small kitchenette, and that was his life. He did not have any great wealth or style. He was very simple and frugal."
John Stott is, for me, the model we need to follow if we are to win this nation for Christ again.