Personal fulfillment comes when I identify, pursue, and practice a disciplined life.
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.
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.
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 tremendous energy.
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 results.
Ephesians 5:15-16 – See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Galatians 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.
Romans 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.
Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
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!