Discipline. It’s a word I have wrestled with a great deal in my life. Discipline to eat well, discipline to exercise, discipline to spend time in God’s Word, in prayer, and in worship. Discipline to confront areas in my life I don’t want to address and would much rather leave alone but without discipline, things stay the same.
Discipline is needed to become better at anything. If I want to be healthy, I need to eat right and exercise. If I want to be a better person, I must work on my character. If I want to be a better mother, I must deal with those things in me that must change and if I want to be a better reflection of Christ, it requires brave surrender.
At times I would “let go and let God” but in reality I only loosened the reigns. Two people can’t steer a vehicle. It will only lead to destruction. That’s the same with trying to remain in control while asking God to take control. Someone has got to let go and it’s always better if it’s us who lets go. We do NOT want God to let go. In this season of my life I’m learning discipline on a completely new level. One that will reap great rewards as a result of obedience.
I did not want to exercise today. I wanted to sit down and do nothing. But I remembered that sitting down won’t cause the weight to drop off on its own. Discipline is required. So, I got my ‘happy’ tail up and worked out despite what I really wanted to do. The result: it felt great.
There is a lot I did not want to do today. Com’n, I’m being honest here. But even while working out I was reminded that’s the same way disciple benefits the other areas that make up who I am. Can you relate? Have you ever felt that way?
It is hard work that pays off in the end. The results will be worth it. Hey, whoever pretends they have got it all figured out is being completely dishonest with themselves. I struggle some times. Yes, I do. So if you do too, know you’re not alone. So long as you don’t stay in the same place, you’re going to be alright.
All that to say, surrender. To the discipline needed to be the best version of you. Simple ‘wishing’ to become better does not bring forth results however; hard work always does.
If I’ve got this, rest assured you’ve got this too!
In Christ’s Love,
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