Just Do It

When I even mention the word “discipline,” every group I speak to outwardly groans. You should see the people squirm and watch their eyes roll. I get more reaction to this word than when I occasionally cuss. What’s up with that?

I think it’s because people equate discipline with failure. They put discipline in one of two boxes. It is either akin to the “punishment” they received as a child and have vowed to never repeat, or they liken it to New Year’s resolutions. And they are so sick of letting themselves down they forego both – resolutions and discipline.

Let’s do a little test. Do you regularly:

Brush your teeth
Eat a meal
Wear deodorant
Eat dessert or chocolate or candy
Go to see friends
Sing (in the shower, car or to radio – they all count)
Wash your sinks, socks, or car

If you answered ‘yes’ then the next question is, why do you do that? I’m guessing you see some benefit, goal or payoff that matters to you. Bad breath is a very good reason to brush your teeth.  Good tooth health and a pearly smile are good reasons too. So teeth brushing is a “both/and” kind of action. You do it to get both the good and to prevent the bad. I ask this in such a simple way because you already know discipline. In fact you already DO discipline. You just need to broaden your perspective a bit especially as it comes to the spiritual life.

It is very important that you have a Biblical view of God’s discipline. God no longer punishes us for breaking the law. Christ did that for us on the cross. So when God disciplines, it is always and only for our good.  Discipline, in its truest form, is the actions and training that enable the very best to be revealed.

“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.” Matthew 7:13-14 The Message

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  1. This is another article that really hit hard for me! Discipline is the key to me to have a calm peaceful life because when you have discipline it helps with every decision we make each day and I am so working on this. I pray for strength right now in my seperation from my husband to stay strong and not look back, but when I have known this life with him for so many years and used to being treated in a certain way it gets normal and now that I am stepping away from that I need the discipline and strength to move forward and love myself through God because I am his child. Thanks Jana for sharing this message today.

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