Discipline is Essential
To say Discipline is a need is an understatement....Discipline is a must, it’s essential for our personal growth, without it, you cannot succeed nor can you reach your goals. To a certain degree, we are all disciplined in different areas such as brushing our teeth, washing our clothes, working to make ends meet, hobbies we love, etc. But today, I want to challenge every reader to be disciplined in every area of their life, spiritually, mentally, and physically. The majority learn to be disciplined in at least one of these aspects but I believe very few learn to be disciplined in all three aspects.
The current day and age we live in, unfortunately have a mindset of wanting results today, and wanting their desires to be full filled in an instant. For the most part, I can see why people get into that bad habit.....think about it. Fast food....google....artificial intelligence.....smart phones.....calculators......amazon.....Uber eats and more! Now don’t misinterpret what I’m saying, I’m a fan of amazon, smart phones, google, etc. I just simply believe it’s very evident because we have so many tools that produce results at our finger tips, we think it’ll be the same in all areas of our lives therefore leading us to slack off and not put in the work.
For example, instead of memorizing a scripture or knowing the books of the Bible, some may rely on Google or their Bible app but never know where to find it if they were to have the actual physical Bible in their hands. And just to clarify once more, I'm not against the Bible app/technology, I know that society is heading towards a paperless future but that's not the point. The issue is how comfortable we may be getting due to how easy we can access information, food and more.
Lets break this down:
Spiritually - The Bible is clear on that being a Christian isn’t only to Believe, Repent, get Baptized in Jesus name and get filled with the Holy Ghost, these are all essential steps in the Plan of Salvation but there's more to this. Our King Jesus wants us to get to know Him, He wants us to invest time in this Friendship, it’s more than just checking off boxes, this is about having a relationship. Some of you may be thinking that you already do enough to "invest" in the relationship and let me tell you, if you're having that thought...your heart is not in the right place. There should never ever be a mindset of I've done "enough" to invest in my relationship with Jesus, we should always want more and desire to be more sensitive to His direction and Spirit. Everyday when we wake up we should look to ascend to the next level; Acts 13:22 talks about how David was a man after God's own heart, "which shall fulfill all my will." This is the very same spiritual attitude we need to have, Jesus is the only one whose there for us, 24/7, 365 days, no matter where we are. My challenge to you is to spend more time with Jesus.....it's not fair to only seek Him when you're in need, He loves you and desires to lead you into the plans He has for you, they're much more beautiful than what you could ever imagine.
2nd Timothy 2:15 says “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Psalms 119:11 says "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
1 Peter 3:15 says "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"
Jeremiah 29:11-12 says "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Mentally - According to the PEW Research Center, on average, people in the U.S read between 4-12 books per year. CEO's on the other hand on average read about 60 books per year or 5 books per month! It's amazing to see how wide the gap is between the average person and a CEO; now I know what you're thinking but for just one moment, let's put all the excuses to the side. I know that there are many different factors such as work hours, school, having a family, side projects, hobbies, etc. There's hundreds of reasons we could justify why we may not read as much as we should but let's be honest with ourselves and ask the question, "Do I manage my time well? How many hours do I waste in activities that do not benefit my growth or invest in my future?"No matter what our answer may be, I believe we can always do better, finding ways to be more effective with our time and opening our schedule to other activities that invest in us.
Personally, I'm not a natural reader, my wife Shirley will tell you that but on the other hand, she loves to read. Even though I'm not a natural reader, I've learned to develop a habit to start reading, choosing books that would potentially attract me but more importantly help me grow. A lot of the credit belongs to my wife Shirley because she has pushed me and challenged me to finish whatever I choose to start. Therefore my challenge to you is to be more efficient with your time and invest in your mind, there should be no excuse on why we can't reach the level of standard a CEO hold's them self to.
Physically - According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 22.9% of U.S. adults from 18 to 64 met 2008 guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise between 2010 and 2015. 22.9%?! That's it?! Well before we start putting excuses on the table, let's see what those guidelines are.
Aerobic Exercise - "For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week."
Physical Exercise - "Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate or high intensity and involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits."
With 7 days in a week and many gyms open throughout various hours and days, how did only 22.9% meet these simple guidelines? Here's a better question, are you meeting that guideline?! My wife Shirley has taught me that exercise should never be viewed as part of a laundry list but become part of your life style. Exercising is a habit we should all enjoy doing and not look down upon, and she's a 100% right.