The Bible says:
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame! Oh my!
So, then, not wanting poverty or shame, what is the opposite of this warning? Whoever regards discipline comes to prosperity and respect? That sounds about right, yes?
Discipline in what? The answer is clear: everything.
Discipline in brushing your teeth and limiting sugar results in healthy teeth.
Discipline in eating more vegetables than processed food results in more health (prosperity in your body).
Discipline in studying for a test results in a shame-free successful score.
Discipline in not answering harshly results in powerful relationships, one of the best areas to prosper.
Discipline in saving money results in financial peace, which is prosperity. You will also find yourself free of shame when a need arises.
Discipline in picking up after yourself results in not only a pleasant surrounding, but also you eliminate a giant mess down the road. And no shame when someone “drops by.”
Discipline in exercising results in prosperity in strength and health, among other things.
Shall I continue? Because I think I can.
Instead, I am going to (and I hope you join me) ponder discipline for a while.
The last of the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 is “self-control.” So discipline, specifically self-discipline, is a fruit of the Spirit. That means if the Spirit of God is in your life, and you are living according to His laws, this fruit will grow.
You need to cultivate it, though. Just like any orchard, this fruit does not grow untended.
This, then, begs the question: How do we tend the garden of discipline?
By doing it. Nike figured that out and has become famous for their slogan. People quote it all the time. Why? Because it is truth. Just doing it makes all the difference.
Pick something. One thing. Anything. And put it into your daily or weekly schedule. On purpose and regularly. Give it a month to start seeing it as part of your habits and then let it grow. You will see the fruit of it in time. Just don’t do like the five-year-old gardener and pull it up when you are frustrated with its growth. Let it germinate. Keep cultivating.
You will prosper and not be ashamed. You will have respect in whatever area you are disciplining yourself. Perhaps respect from others, but absolutely respect from yourself.
Start now. You can share it here if you like to give yourself voice to it. Or you can keep it private and just do it.
Doing it and sticking to it is the key.
It will be awesome!
Growing in Discipline All Over My Life