Gotten lazy yet? Flat out given up? Didn’t even bother making any resolutions because you knew you would fail? Get over it. Do not RSVP the pity party. Get off the lazy train. Put on your big-girl (or boy) under-roos and get going.
God designed us to be disciplined. Check out the book of Proverbs if you don’t really believe that in your heart of hearts. (And BTW…God sees in there too!) “Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Proverbs 10:17
Practicing discipline starts with our mind. We have to make up our mind that we don’t like where we sit. Whether it is financially, relationally, spiritually, there is always room to improve (and don’t even tell me things are perfect- that is just plain delusional!) We all need improvement, and it starts with humbling ourselves, admitting to ourselves we need help.
There is another way. You don’t need to sit where you currently are. Stressed about work? Money? Your marriage? Your kids? The biggest key is this. Once you have truly identified that YOU can’t fix your life, then start to believe there is someone else out there that can. As my Pastor likes to say, “Evergreen, when I ask a question in church, the answer most always is Jesus!” It is the same here. The one who CAN fix your life is Jesus. Lord. Savior. When you can say, “I can’t, He can,,” then say, “I think I’ll let Him.” And that is when your real life begins, and the real work. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again…It’s simple, but it ain’t easy.
Here are 2 simple questions to ask yourself…
Do I follow through on my commitments?
If you say yes to a task but then regret it, too bad. Do it anyway because you said you would. You will feel better about yourself that you don’t make the excuses as to why you can’t or why you didn’t, excuses are just lies in disguise. Not only will you feel good, but others will start to trust you more and they will feel blessed to know you, and when we can bless others, this gives glory and praise to Jesus.
Am I managing my time efficiently and focussing the most important priorities with the best part of my day?
I am a morning person. My priorities are God, Husband, Family, Church, in that order. I try to have my schedule reflect my priorities. This means bible study, prayer walks and my self-care first thing. It also means I have to discipline myself to get up earlier than my husband so when he wakes up I can devote attention to him next. A Disciplined life looks different for everyone. A disciplined life doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or be spontaneous. It means we put our lives in the hand of the one that has all power and let him dictate what we do with our time. Scratch that. What we do with HIS time.
Practicing discipline is just that, practice. We fall. We forget. But if we continue to surrender we will find ourselves in the life we were meant to be in.