I have always struggled with being consistently disciplined, and therefore I’ve had many hard lessons to learn in this area. But I feel that qualifies me to help others who are similarly disciplined-challenged, so that we can find ways to impose needed discipline in our lives.
And we do this, not just so we will be more successful, but far more importantly, so that we will be good stewards of the time and resources that God has entrusted to us. We will give an account to him for our discipline or lack of it.
Another important daily discipline is to stay on task and not flit from one thing to another. I mention this one because it is particularly difficult for me. I don’t sit still easily. So, I set goals for myself that keep me on task. For example, when I have to get some writing done, I set a goal for how much I must get done before I can take a break or do something else. Setting small goals all day long really helps me stay on task, and that saves so much time.
These are just some of the many everyday disciplines that we need to truly impose in our lives. The fruits of discipline and the blessings that await you when you learn to be disciplined are tremendous. Believe me, I’ve had to learn it in many areas and to this day I have to work at practicing what I preach. Discipline doesn’t come easy for me, but I’ve learned that it makes all the difference in my productivity, my sense of accomplishment, and my enjoyment of life.
I want to really encourage you to get serious about putting needed discipline in your everyday life. It is a gift to give yourself; I promise you it is worth the trouble. And the most important daily discipline is to spend set-apart quiet time to meditate on God’s Word and pray. No matter how busy you are, you should never be too busy to make time for communication with the Lord.
So the next time you hit that snooze alarm button, just remember how important it is to be a disciplined person, pray that God will give you the power to do what you know you ought to do, and little by little you will build important disciplines into your life. You will never regret being a disciplined person—that I can promise you. The lack of discipline leads to many regrets.