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Discipline for Success

Hebrews 12:11

No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Discipline is a word we all hate. We hate the thought of being disciplined and of having to discipline. The very mention of the word reminds us that we have to say, “No,” to things we like at times. Within the root word – disciple – we find the whole purpose for discipline. A disciple is a student or a follower. Therefore, discipline is designed to teach us to say, “No,” to the things that would harm us or take us down a wrong path.

In my own life, I’ve found that the places where I lack discipline are the places where I experience the most problems. While we may try to hide it for a season, our undisciplined areas eventually show. If you have a hard time saying, “No,” to food, your body will eventually show your lack of discipline! One way to stay on track is to have a goal. If you keep a goal in mind, you are more likely to work toward reaching it. Your discipline has a purpose because there is something greater you want to achieve.

What areas of your life create problems for you or are making you unhappy right now? Set a goal – even a small one – and take steps to reach that goal. Is your weight a problem? Set a goal to lose a few pounds, and stick to a good diet and exercise regimen. Do your finances need help? Set a goal to save, and do whatever is necessary to increase that savings account. If you don’t have a goal, you will never reach it because you will never take an appropriate step to make anything happen.

Philippians 3:14

…I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

God has called you to something. Pursue it. Take the necessary steps to claim the prize. He has gifted us all with abilities to draw others to Him and to strengthen His church. Make 2024 the year you shut out the distractions and see progress by setting goals in line with your calling and disciplining yourself to reach them. Your prize is worth it!

Have a blessed day!

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