Day 30 – Disciplined to Win
“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” I Cor. 9:22
Anyone who is successful in any field of endeavor has learned to be disciplined. A student must be disciplined to graduate on time. An athlete must be disciplined in the gym or at practice to win their games or matches. An early morning news anchor must be disciplined to go to bed early every night so then can wake up early and refreshed to be on the air the next morning. On the other hand, people who are not disciplined get fired from jobs, have multiple marriages, and one crisis after another.
As a Christian and person of faith, you must be disciplined. Discipline is doing what you should do vs what you could do. Discipline makes you pray, attend church, and read the word even when you don’t feel like it. For the Christian, discipline is being led by your spirit and doing what the Word of God says even when your flesh and body doesn’t want to do it.
A true disciple of Jesus Christ is disciplined. Notice the words “disciple” and “discipline” – they go together. Jesus said that a true disciple continues in His Word and remains faithful to his teachings (John 8:32 KJV & NLT). So, a disciple of Jesus “disciplines” his/her life based upon His teaching.
Though it is noble to start things, a disciplined person finishes what they start. So make the decision to be disciplined and to finish what you start this year.
Faith Stretching Exercises:
There are several things you can do to develop discipline:
1. Allot a specific time and/or days for specific tasks in your life (reading, praying, exercise, writing, etc.);
2. Practice denying yourself something that you want to do, eat, etc but you realize it’s not best for you;
3. Fast, (abstain from food,) once a week up to a certain hour to let your flesh know that it doesn’t run you.