STAY COMMITED

· the influence of self-discipline in your life ·

August 24, 2017

"Consistency does not come about as a result of just a decision but of discipline as well and unfortunately, sometimes we skip this part."

Remember back in January when you were all excited about changing a certain area of your life? How many people jump on the bandwagon of New Year’s Resolutions? I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this, I am just curious as to how many people actually made these resolutions…AND stuck to them. I don’t even remember what my New Year’s Resolutions were…do you?

Now…how about those resolutions from 2016 or 5 years ago?

It’s funny how sometimes we flake on our commitments. I am just as guilty as anyone when it comes to not following through. This isn’t even about just the big things either, maybe you want to cut out chocolate for a week or write 2 blog posts per week (yes I’m pointing the finger at myself) these things are just as easy (or easier) to flake on than the big things because it’s so easy to make excuses.

This is something I’ve been thinking about. Why does it seem like it’s so hard to stay consistent? The answer is…because it is! It’s not easy to be disciplined. Consistency does not come about as a result of just a decision but of discipline as well and unfortunately…sometimes we skip this part.

According to Merriam-Webster the word discipline means: “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.”

When we talk about being consistent, this is the definition that we most quickly refer to. But guess what the first definition of discipline is in the Merriam-Webster dictionary? One striking word…punishment.

Are you willing to swallow the harsh reality that in order to discipline yourself you are going to have to punish certain parts of your natural tendencies? This is so hard to do, but I believe that once this crucial step is accepted it will make many of the changes that you want to make in your life possible!

The Bible has  a lot to say about discipline and self-control but one scripture that really stood out in my research was Proverbs 25:28, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”

What an alarming metaphor. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be like a city broken into and left without walls. Weak. Vulnerable. Destroyed. Violated. This is what you become when you lack discipline.

It is almost as though discipline is a fence that surrounds and guards your life and protects you from being broken into.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” John 10:10

So let’s get excited about discipline. Realize every time you fail to say “NO” when you should, you are letting your defenses down and you are making yourself susceptible disorder in more ways than you can think.

I hope this perspective helps you and in the longrun I believe it will help you to stay committed to the changes that you want in your life.

 

With Love Always

Tiffany Trawick

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8 Comments

  1. Kristi

    August 24, 2017

    God only disciplined the ones he loves. Discipline is completely to our advantage and like you said is s great part of self control.

  2. Susan Evans

    August 24, 2017

    I never thought of self-discipline having to do with punishment, but it’s true! We need to force ourselves to do what’s right at first to establish a new habit or replace a bad one.

  3. Emily

    August 25, 2017

    I read through Hebrews 12 this morning and a major focus in that passage is discipline, though that’s mostly talking about discipline from God. I think it can be extrapolated to your example though as well. Verse 11 says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Just like athletic training takes discipline and consistency, so also does any other change/habit/resolution. Great reminder today!

    • Tiffany

      August 25, 2017

      Emily! Thank you for this passage. It totally mirrors what God has been telling me. Thank you for your comment.

  4. Sheila Schweiger-Rhodes

    August 25, 2017

    For the past year I have been doing a 5k once a month to raise money for various charities. However, I have a weight issue and to the world I do not look like a walker/runner but it has been my obedience and consistency which has taught me so many valuable lessons about the importance of being consistent in our faith and keeping our word to God. In order to be taken seriously as a writer, walker, whatever God has called you to do consistency is the key to get others to believe. I can’t act all loving one day and the next day curse everything. We are all in training until the day God calls us home and meanwhile, we get to see the blessings of being consistent. I don’t want to be disqualified for a lack of consistency 🙂
    1 Corinthians 9:25-27 (NLT)

    25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

    • Tiffany

      August 25, 2017

      Sheila! Thank you for your comment and your story. 5K once a month!? I couldn’t even imagine. Also thank you for the scripture. I will surely mediate on this this weekend. Blessings and thank you for your comment.

  5. Alice Mills

    August 25, 2017

    My husband and I encourage each other in our working out. It is a long slog but we know the benefits are so huge. Consistency is rough!

    • Tiffany

      August 25, 2017

      I love this example…my fiance and I are entertaining the idea of joining a gym. Thanks for your comment Alice!

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