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I’ve had a quote scrawled on a chalkboard by my front door for the last few months: “Discipline is the difference between ambition and success.”

{You know that section at the book store with all those “Lose 50 pounds” “Retire at 45!” “Live your dreams!” crap that healthy adults run away from as quickly as possible?

Total. Sucker.

Results pending.}

Oh, discipline. Considering I was born with a 45-year-old librarian’s soul, I’ve always been pretty good at setting goals, figuring out how to chase after them, and going full steam ahead until the finish line is crossed. Relaxing? Spontineity? Impulsivity? A touch trickier.

Discipline in regards to faith isn’t complicated in some ways: spending time reading the Bible, finding, attending and participating in church, and prayer. Lots, and lots of prayer.

And then there is the discipline of doing what we are taught to do, regardless of the circumstances. No lying. No stealing. No gossiping. No coveting — even those amazing Loubies you’ve had your eye on for years. I am not great at these disciplines. I mean, I’m not exactly smuggling bread out of the grocery store, but I do love an earful of hot secrets. I stretch the truth, blaming it on my “exaggeratory story telling nature.” And oh, do I covet. Lifestyle. Biceps. Success.

I’m in a Bible study with a girlfriend; we have been pouring over Acts for the last six months or so. Paul might be the most amazing example of discipline in the Bible. His willingness to suffer in the hands of his haters (and there were lots) because he had the discipline to do complete the task God placed before him is remarkable.

And not “remarkable” in the, “Wow, this pizza is so good! It’s amazing! It’s remarkable” kinda way. More like, “Holy shit. He was willing to go to jail a bunch of times and sang songs of worship and praise while his haters beat him? Dude’s remarkable.”

Paul’s story is a great reminder of strength, stubbornness and discipline used for good.

Sagrado Corazon Church, Granada

Other areas in need of more discipline:

1. Money. Spending and saving wisely.

2. Gossip. Listening to friends without wanting to repeat their stories, or add my spin.

3. Love. This election has made me nuts with the angry, hateful words thrown back and forth in the name of democracy. My Facebook feed is a polarized, miserable conversation. Look friends: either way? How freaking lucky are we to have a President who loves America as much as these two? How blessed are we to be able to vote? How fantastic is it we get to be mouthy? I love the passion for politics. And I love the Wednesday after the election. It cannot come soon enough.

Do you have areas of your life where discipline is lacking? Where you feel the Holy Spirit (or maybe just the Holy Waistband) is pushing you to be better? Where do you need a kick in the pants?

-K

Rebekah is a blogger, amateur photographer, and missions volunteer with Adventures in Missions. A lifetime of being a pastor’s kid, attending church regularly, and a private Christian school education gave her a lot of knowledge about the nuances of theology without a lot of faith. Now she’s trying to figure out how faith and theology applies to her relationships and daily life. You can find her online at www.honeysucklelife.com.  (on leave at the moment)

 

Sarah is municipal attorney, mom to a toddler boy, and United Methodist’s pastor’s wife.  (She does not play the organ.)  She is a life-long Missouri girl with a heart for hospitality and social justice.  Sarah enjoys cooking, running, knitting and embroidery, reading, and playing in the sprinkler.  Sarah blogs at www.beautyschooldropout.net 

 

Bianca is a newlywed Navy wife from the great state of Texas (where she coincidentally currently resides), and she and her husband are expecting their first child in late summer. She has a passion for serving others, asking hard questions and sharing The Gospel with both her words and actions. Bianca loves Jesus, her hubs, authentic friendships, traveling, making lists of all kinds, and trying new recipes which she blogs about on BecomingBianca.com.  (on leave at the moment)