Learning Discipline In An Undisciplined World
With the possible exception of waking up and finding your are married, nothing is more of a shock than waking up to realize you are in the military, and you signed up for a four year hitch. Mommy is no longer there to make your bed or do your laundry.
And why is the sudden infusion of discipline in a young man's life so shocking? Because he's grown up in a pampered world where someone did things for him. He neither knew discipline nor understood what obedience is all about.
How do you develop discipline in your studies, in your business, in your appetites and in your relationship to God? You will never succeed in any endeavor - whether it is your marriage or your business - unless you learn discipline.
First, there is the motive for discipline. Writing to the Corinthians, Paul said, "No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize" (Corinthians 9:27).
The next step in successfully learning discipline is a series of incremental steps towards the top. You don't go to a gym, put on the 100-pound weights, and start pumping iron. You pace yourself.
Try discipline in the small areas of your life - returning phone calls, being punctual at a meeting, doing what you tell your kids you will do, getting up when the alarm goes off, carrying out the trash today instead of procrastinating.
He who is faithful in the small task eventually will have the strength to do a greater one.
No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 CORINTHIANS 9:27