For the Love of Discipline

Listen to advice and accept discipline, 
and at the end you will be counted among the wise. – Proverbs 19:20

I remember reading the comic strip Family Circus where the children would blame “Not Me” which was this invisible person that showed up whenever they made a bad choice. The invisible person would be shown in the comic smiling and having a good time because they couldn’t be caught in the act of doing wrong.

We are always ready to look for another person or thing to blame regarding challenging circumstances we have that are a result of choices we have made. We make ourselves powerless in the situation when we look elsewhere for fault. We do not grow from this practice.

Taking responsibility is hard, but it helps us grow into the person God wants us to be for we are opening ourselves up for learning. The discipline we encounter is for our teaching. It is not to say we are bad. It is to say we are loved.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the lessons in life you have taught me through your discipline. I pray that I may follow your direction and grow from sitting at your feet. Amen

Faith Tip: Is there a situation in your life that you are blaming others for when it is a great opportunity for you to grow? It’s time to learn.

You have permission

“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)

While at the Philly conference, we were fed in the cafeteria of the university. There was an abundance of food for everyone and we could eat as much as we wanted. What a great freedom this is. This is especially nice when I think about the ice cream. However, it would not be beneficial to me or anyone else to gorge ourselves until we were stuffed. It takes discipline to know when enough is enough. This is true especially as writers since tapping the keyboard doesn’t burn a lot of calories. Exercise is also permissible for me…yea. But it takes discipline for me to exercise.

Another discipline that is beneficial is prayer. Connecting with the source of power at the beginning of the day will be a great thing for us as we journey through our day staying connected to God. Our relationship with God will be enriched as we commune with the Lord and learn more about his character and desires. Did you know God desires this time with you? His love for you is so great, that he wants you to experience the best. God is the best.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that I can come to you at the beginning of each day that you have created for me. You have something great planned each day and I want to link into that plan. Amen.

Faith tip: Tomorrow morning, start your day out with God. Evaluate your day with God at the end. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8)