I don’t always appreciate the lessons God is trying to teach me. I know that they’re for good and they serve a purpose but sometimes I just don’t like it. One of the lessons He is currently teaching me is related to discipline. I hate it. It’s the discipline of getting up early, eating right and working out. I want to eat the extra carbs, sleep in longer and sit on the couch. God has other plans.
He wants me to treat my body like a temple. Yes, I can have a slice of chocolate cake without guilt but I need to be moderate. It’s important that I take care of myself so that I am able to do the work He wants me to do. I have to be in shape if He calls me to do something that requires me to be physically healthy. If He calls me to serve as a missionary or be a mother or whatever it may be, I have to be disciplined enough to wake up early or do whatever He is asking me to do.
“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.” – Hebrews 12:11
Discipline is painful and it’s not fun but it’s worthwhile. I know that it’s a necessary part of my life. I know that I have to buckle down and be disciplined for the next chapter of my life. I know that He uses disciplined people to get things done. I have been learning what it’s like to truly serve people and put others first. That wasn’t/ isn’t a fun thing to learn either.
“Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and kept it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” – 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
Looking back though, the best things I’ve learned are the ones I didn’t like learning. I realize that the things I have dreaded the most have been turning points in my life and have helped me excel in my faith. The hardest lesson I learned was obedience but that took me across the world to South Korea and the restful and joyous season I had there. Obedience taught me that God’s plans are always better than my wildest dreams.
I don’t know where the lesson of discipline will take me but I am excited by the opportunities that lie in front of me. I know that right now I am in training and am learning how to be more disciplined and that while it’s not fun it will be worthwhile.
If you’re going through one of these tough lessons, press into the Word, pray harder and seek godly counsel because you will need the encouragement and accountability.
What lesson is God teaching you in this season of your life? What has He shown you? We love hearing from y’all! ❤