The Lost Art of Discipline

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One of my many pet peeves is when people say they “can’t” do something.  Not because they physically can’t or because something is truly preventing them from doing so, but because they simply won’t and refuse to try.

It bothers me even more so when Christians declare they can’t do something.

Now, most people who know me will tell you that I’m a very disciplined person and that if I set my mind to something or set a goal for myself that more often than not, I will get it done.  However, I will tell you that none of that comes easily or even naturally for me.  All my self-discipline and self-control comes from God.  And the same Spirit that lives in me, lives in every person who professes to know God as Lord and Savior – His Word tells us so.

That being said, he declares that through His Spirit, we have and can exercise self-control/discipline in any aspect of our lives.  So lets stop making excuses! Excuses for not following through on that diet, not going to the gym, not cutting back on drinking or smoking, not spending time with our kids, not saving money, not sticking to our budget, not going to church, etc.

Anything in your life that is physically within in your means to do it, that you want to work on, or get better at – lets set a goal to do so.  Lets ask God to help us exercise more self control and discipline by the power of His Spirit – trust me, you won’t be able to do it alone, even if you tried!

 

One thought on “The Lost Art of Discipline

    Tarsha Scott said:
    July 20, 2018 at 7:46 am

    When I first read this I cried because I know sometimes this is me. I went from “she done got on my nerves” and “well thats easy for her to say”… and then Dad. I happen to be reading through the Book of Proverbs…so you know how that went. Some say when they read proverbs say it does not always workout that way. Well, they should read Ecclesiastes and Job along with it. God never said it would, that does not mean it is no longer wisdom for righteous living. The ends do not always justify the means. Only God can say it will because he determines them both. It is the big picture. However, God is gracious he will never put us to shame. It is something I need to say often.

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