Askesis is to spirituality what a training regimen is to an athlete. It works in a number of ways, such as self-denial but God sometimes confines us, and narrows our focus as well. God did this with Jesus in the wilderness, Moses’ in exile, David being chased by Saul, Joseph in prison. It is a maturation means that God uses. Talent and gifting seems to grow by its very confinement. Invite someone today to take a closer look at Christ and the church. In the process you and they might have the opportunity to grow into the person God purposed you to be.