Living a life of discipline. My dad gets up every weekday morning and goes to the gym to exercise for an hour. No matter the weather, no matter how he is feeling, he is up at the gym by 5 in the morning. Really. I desire to be disciplined. I really want to be at the gym regularly. I want to eat responsibly. I want to have a regular quiet time with God each and every day. I want to be a good example of discipline to my children.
I can write down schedules and goals and eating plans that make me look organized and determined. Somehow this doesn’t usually translate to actual disciplined living. I have had long periods in my life where I’m dedicated to fitness and I’ve been successful. I’ve had times in my life when I could not and would not start my day without time with God happening first. But, how quickly I fall out of the good habits for which I strive. Like today, for instance, I LOVE Coca-Cola. I have been joyfully addicted to Coke for most of my life. I love it. My mouth waters just thinking about it. I know it’s not in any way healthy for me. There is no nutritional value what-so-ever! I know this but, wow, did it take me forever to cut the habit. I have switched over to unsweet tea and although it’s not as flavorful, I still get the caffeine kick in the morning.
Well, today, I stopped at my local fast food restaurant to get my tea before work and was told that they do not have unsweet tea due to a broken brewer….I’m pretty sure I didn’t even hesitate before saying, “all right, make that a large coke instead.” (instant mouth-watering.) Let me tell you it tastes delicious. Tomorrow I’ll do my best to order tea again but it would be easy to start on this coca-cola road again. Please understand, I am not in any way trying to make light of truly devastating addictions. I can’t imagine fighting a more serious addiction. I realize a sugar addiction is very minor in comparison.
I know I can be a more productive, successful child of God when I’m living a more disciplined life. I realize we will not reach perfection this side of heaven and God doesn’t punish us when we fail. He is, however, honored in our success.
Living a life of discipline is hard we all know this. Putting a system into place for ourselves is important. We are creatures of habit. AND, we have power to change our bad habits into good habits. With God’s help I will be successful living a disciplined life. One day at a time. Praise God for the power He bestows on us to be able to make wise disciplined choices. Call on Him in your weakness and He will give you strength.
2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”