Intimacy with God is the essential characteristic of a healthy Christian life and community. The disciplines measure our will to experience such intimacy. Without discipline, we squander the opportunity for intimacy or waste its impact. Without intimacy, there is no authentic and transforming context. Intimacy demands an investment of time that expresses the worth-ship, the value, I place on the relationship. If God is foremost, all other matters must be subordinate to the supreme end of private, uninterrupted time with Him.