He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. (Proverbs 15:32)
I find myself trapped in this human dilemma: I have a strong drive to accomplish and achieve, but I am not a naturally disciplined person. I am learning a very important lesson: Lack of discipline is self-inflicted suffering! If I refuse to impose discipline on myself, I will inflict suffering on myself.
What I've also learned is that when I start to lose discipline in one area of my life, it spills over to others. For example, if I let down my discipline and eat all kinds of things today that I know I shouldn't eat, I'm likely to skip the exercise program in the morning because I'll think, "Well, what's the use of exercising after you ate all that pie yesterday?!"
Where is your discipline weak? Is it eating habits, exercise, organization, time management, laziness, or procrastination? Choose one ~ just one ~ and begin a prayer campaign. Admit to God your weakness when it comes to discipline in that area and ask for strength.
Then design some gimmicks or structures that force the discipline on you. Ask for help; tell people what you're going to do so you can be held accountable. That will help to impose that discipline. Then, just do it! Start today! You're going to discover that adding discipline to your life is indeed the road to real life. You'll get rid of guilt, feel good about yourself, and know that you're using your gifts, time, and energy as God wants you to.
To acquire a disciplined life, you will have to pay a price. But it's a big bargain. God for it!
To choose one area of my life where I need more discipline, and begin a campaign to acquire the needed discipline.
Lord, in this area of _________________, I need to be more disciplined. Please help me every day to impose this discipline in my life so that I am no longer a victim of my own lack of discipline, and my life brings glory to you.
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