The theme of this stage of my life is discipline.
Discipline to eat well.
Discipline to run consistently and stick to my training schedule.
Discipline to do my Bible study (which you will hear more about this week).
Discipline to invest consistently in relationships.
Discipline to work hard at all I do.
Discipline to pursue dreams.
Discipline is defined as “activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training."
I used to think I hated to run, but really I hate the fact that I suck at running – and that it would take discipline to push into being a decent runner. It took all my energy, didn’t leave me feeling exhilarated, and didn’t seem to give me the results I wanted. That is mostly because I would only do it for a week or two, and then I would give up because it was too hard. I was sore and tired and over it.
What if our parents gave up on us when we were growing up because of two weeks of discouraging behavior? What if God gave up on us after a few weeks of discouragement with us? How bold is it for us to quit reading our Bible after a week or two because it is so hard to do everyday? How bold is it to let our health go by the wayside and not protect the temple of God?
I am training for a 5K right now (That I will tell you all about tomorrow), and it is going to take some time to get into shape to do it. Now, I know some of you think running a 5K is just for fun, but for me it will be a serious accomplishment. To run the entire thing will be a big deal. I am hoping by sharing this with you, I will feel a sense of accountability. I want to report back to you after finishing my run about my accomplished feeling, and encourage you to challenge yourself in something that takes time.
Learn discipline in your life and attempt to keep it over a long period of time.