Discipline

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“…Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness”

                                                                                        1 TIMOTHY 4:7

In the last week I have discovered the beauty of discipline. The word itself doesn’t sound pretty or glamorous by any means. But the word has enabled me to really live, to push past what feels good, past fears and truly LIVING life to the fullest.

Discipline is a verb. An action word. The dictionary says the following:

1. Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.
2. Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control.
Disciple goes against any teachings that would say to do something according to how it feels. Discipline says if its on your list to do, you do it. period. If its on your list of things not to do, you don’t do it. period. With this said, in my human weakness that is impossible.  But through Christ, it is possible. {Luke 18:27} Whether its committing to my half marathon running schedule, or going to bed on time. No matter how small a task may seem, it adds up. Instead of finding myself completely exhausted and burnt out, I am discovering what it is that I need to do in my life to accomplish what the Lord has for me. I would highly suggest taking some time tonight to read through Proverbs & Romans. Two of my favorite books in the bible, but two that and beautiful reminders of how we are to live our lives to walk worthy of the calling which I have been called. Through using disciplines in my lifestyle I find myself living the life I believe the Lord created for me to live. Check out the following book: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Disciplines are are the bumpers in bowling, they enable us to live a fuller life focused on what really matters. JESUS! With disciplines the focus is not a legalistic approach about what is right or wrong, it is about self-control unto the glory of God. So that our eyes may be focused on Him.
Godly self control does not promote self, it promotes GOD.
Kymberly Janelle
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