Personal fulfillment comes when I identify, pursue, and practice a
I don’t know about you but when I hear the word discipline, I immediately think
about doing the things that I hate to do: working out, eating right, taking my
vitamins, drinking enough water. . . the list can go on and on.
I want to offer a new thought on the subject. Discipline is doing what you ought
to do instead of what you want to do, so you can do what you want to do!
It is so easy to avoid the things that will bring a benefit to my life, but the
reality is that when I do practice a disciplined life, I experience success and
I don’t have to have a positive attitude when taking time to walk every day in
order for it to be a benefit to my health. We cannot use our emotional feelings
about a behavior to judge the worth of the particular discipline.
It is important to identify areas of personal discipline that need to be applied
to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well being of the individual.
Take time this week to think about each of the four areas of your life. What
personal disciplines are important for you to think about in regards to your
physical well-being? Emotionally, are you holding to on to areas that need to be
surrendered to the Savior? How are you feeding your mind? Do you spend time
reading and listening to materials that will take you closer to your desired end
for your life? What spiritual exercises are you practicing that move your heart
closer to God? Are you taking time to listen to worship music, read your Bible,
sit and just think and pray?
Give time to these areas of your life and you will find that you will LOVE the
Ephesians 5:15-16 – See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as
wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Gal. 6:7-10 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall
reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all
men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Rom. 12:1-3 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,
and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every
man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to
think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the
measure of faith.
Ps. 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within
Think this week of specific personal disciplines you want to begin. Remember
your life story will be told based on how you live today. Did you waste time?
Did you think you would get to it tomorrow? Remember, you may not have tomorrow.
Are you living today with the goal to hear the words of your Savior, “Well
done”? May the story of YOUR life reflect a story for HIS glory!
Have an AWESOME week!