Here’s a log from this past May. It’s a topic that I end up going back to multiple times through the year as I review what I’ve accomplished, and then think about how I’d like to end the year. I hope it gives you something to think about today as we enter September.
Sammul’s Log: 5/18/18
It’s something that people have mixed feelings about.
Some people swear by it, and some people swear because of it.
It’s not a practice I’m good at.
It is nothing if not uncomfortable.
The word “no” is involved…a lot, and yet, its the most healthy thing you can learn.
That’s where the mixed feelings or controversy come along.
We like to try to make things happen (ie. follow a diet, start to exercise, or just generally begin a new routine) but when it gets uncomfortable (ie. when it would require discipline to come into practice) we slow down. Sometimes we stop altogether.
Discipline is discouraging.
When you want to be someplace, physically, mentally, academically, professionally, spiritually, or whatever you’re after. You can’t get where you want to go without it being terribly uncomfortable first.
Our default is disrepair, self-centeredness, and self-pity. Because of this, we become that person who lives their life all about themselves and complains constantly. Yet they cannot get up and change their situation because they’ve lost that grit that comes from discipline.
I need to be more disciplined.
In lots of ways.
Whether in sticking to a difficult task, or practicing a new goal, or else just not constantly belittling myself. I need to be intentional when pursuing these things and understand that I’m not perfect. Even if, in its own way, the belittling is deserved, I need to understand that I don’t have the time to dwell on the mess-ups and screwups. Especially when I plan to put the time in to change those things that I don’t approve of.
Moping about them is just a waste of time, really.
You can’t get where you want to go without it being terribly uncomfortable first.
I haven’t ever been good at finishing what I start. My determination starts strong in the beginning and sometimes sticks around for a while. But inevitably it dwindles before I can actually see the results I had intended to see.
Eventually, I give up.
I decide it’s not worth my time, and I leave it behind along with all the other projects that never came to full fruition.
Discipline is not a practice I’m great at.
The Bible talks about discipline.
It talks about how the wise man is one who continues to seek wisdom diligently (with discipline).
The fear of the Lord, and the striving after the kingdom of heaven doesn’t happen naturally for us. We get so caught up in the physicality of the world, that it’s easy to lose sight. In order to keep that perspective, we have to practice discipline. In whatever area of life it applies to.
Paul talks about renewing our faith and constantly re-discovering our salvation in Christ. This takes effort. Also putting on the armor of God, or else taking every thought captive, submitting to God’s law.
Trusting in the Lord is a choice; one that is made intentionally and upheld by our determination to rely on God for everything.
- Fight the good fight
- Run and not become weary
- Keep in step with the spirit
- Put aside all unrighteousness and malice.
- Turning aside from sexual immorality, and the lust of this world
- Keeping our eyes fixed on the heavenly kingdom,
- Believe in the name of the Lord.
- Handle finances and our health with fervor.
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
This doesn’t come without trying to make it happen. Discipline is the name of the game. We are to be His disciples. Literally, those who discipline themselves in favor of a certain practice or trade. A Trainee – an apprentice.
Discipline, though we have mixed feelings about it, is the most healthy practice to learn in this life.
It leads us to accomplish more than ourselves and helps us to see our higher calling.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us. and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
– Hebrews 12:1