“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run [their very best to win], but only one receives the prize? Run [your race] in such a way that you may seize the prize and make it yours! Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither].” - 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 AMP
One of the things the Holy Spirit has really been dealing with me on over the last few weeks in DISCIPLINE and the lack thereof.
I can waste so much time procrastinating, mismanaging my time, mismanaging my finances, and then find myself rushing to prepare for things at the last minute. And God said, it’s time out for that.
Im at a place where, because so many areas of my life are growing expeditiously, there are some habits that I can’t afford to keep up.
As a believer, having little to no self control isn’t a great representation of the God we serve. Nor is it as a lady. Think about how admirable it is to see a queen with such poise and grace. You’ll never catch her rushing or scurrying because she’s in control, she knows what she’s doing and she’s well prepared. This is how we ought to live our day to day lives. In control, well prepared and intentional.
Contrary to popular belief, people aren’t born disciplined. It’s a learned behavior that comes with practice and repetition. Success comes with failure so it’s okay if you don’t get it all in one day or one week. Start small and keep the big picture in mind.
Here are 5 things I’m actively learning that are helping me to live a more disciplined life.
- Identify what needs to change.
- Create a daily routine and make to-do lists.
- Don’t wait until it feels “right” to start.
- Don’t stop when your tired, stop when you’re finished.
- Schedule breaks and rewards to measure your success.
I hope this helps your Tuesday Morning. Fix your crown and take control of your life. You got this, Queen.