I woke up the other morning with one word repeating in my mind, “Discipline.” As I prepared for the day, I considered all the areas of my life where I need more personal discipline. Order in the home, consistency in parenting, healthy habits, and the list could go on.
I had not thought about discipline recently, nor had I read any books or articles on the topic. Still, the voice repeated in my mind, “Discipline.” Now, I’m not one to “hear voices.” Yet, every so often, out of the blue, timely and necessary reminders come to mind. I am impressed with how God will bring people across my path to confirm something he’s speaking of with me. This morning was no exception.
Later that day, I attended a writers workshop. When the speaker said, “Discipline is the act of making yourself do what you don’t want to do so that you can achieve the results you want.” I thought it was interesting to hear that word again, Discipline. I mulled it over for a few more days before looking up the definition of self-discipline for myself. Merriam-Webster defines self-discipline as the “correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement.”
I know I shouldn’t get stuck on a word, but that’s what was happening. I wanted to dissect this concept of self-discipline so that I could grasp it fully.
Hebrews 12: 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
1 Cor. 9: 24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Clearly, I see the value of possessing this character of self-discipline; my personal success is dependent upon it. I can easily lose sight of its value in the noise and busy work I surround me. I’m thankful for mornings like this where simple reminders grow into meaningful messages meant for my good.