So what’s it all about? I actually received this book 6 years ago and at the time, the place my heart and my mind was in, I couldn’t even read the book. I thought, “here’s one more thing I have to do....one more reason I’m a failure as a Christian”. But thank God for His grace and mercy and for leading me into a place of healing and understanding. Now what I have realized is I get to do the things I read about in the book. I get to work out the disciplines I just learned about and that is a complete privilege!
I get to find God at deeper levels through Meditation, Prayer, Fasting and Study.
I get to live out life in Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, and Service. I finally have the honor of walking with others in Confession, Worship, Guidance, and Celebration.
The good news is like 2 Tim. 1:7 that God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and…. SELF-DISCIPLINE.
Discipline is not about punishment. When you look up gold medals for the Olympics, you look it up by sport and by “Discipline”. One sport may have several disciplines. Sports like swimming , skating, skiing, and of course gymnastics. Some people specialize in a single discipline while others are all around athletes that compete in multiple disciplines within one sport.
Our sport is Life in Christ! And we can get the gold medal for all around life athlete in the disciplines I mentioned above. But we do it for a prize and reward that is eternal!
I Cor. 9:24-27 The Passion Translation (Paul’s Disciplined Lifestyle)
“Isn’t it obvious that all runners on the racetrack keep on running to win, but only one receives the victor’s prize? Yet each one of you must run the race to be victorious. A true athlete will be disciplined in every respect, practicing constant self-control in order to win a laurel wreath that quickly withers. But we run our race to win a victor’s crown that will last forever. For that reason, I don’t run just for exercise or box like one throwing aimless punches, but I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body and get it under my control, so that after preaching the good news to others I myself won’t be disqualified.”