“Why don’t you try an online Study Programme?” a good friend of mine enquired after hearing my desire to study again.
I quickly responded, “I just don’t have the discipline for that!”
“Give it a try man, you’ll never know,” my friend implored.
“I know myself. I don’t have the discipline for that!” I repeated with much conviction.
A few weeks later…
I sat in the classroom listening to all the three (3) week Instructor Training Development Course entailed. I sighed. I had been selected by my workplace to get additional training in the area.
At first I was elated, because I enjoy teaching or training. However as soon as I heard the five (5) assessments that would need to be completed in such a short period, my enthusiasm wore thin.
Where would the time come from for all of this?!
Then came the dreaded thought, “you don’t have the discipline for this!”
I suddenly got angry at the thought. Then I got angry at myself. I had been declaring that thought for the past few months – actually years! My anger turned into disappointment as I realised how much I had walked in defeat by giving power to the thought that I had no discipline and as soon as I got the chance I repented. There was no way I was going to continue believing that I didn’t have the discipline to pursue God’s will for my life.
The three weeks were as challenging as I suspected it would be, and it required… yes you guessed it… a lot of discipline.
I found that I would stay up all night in order to get the assignments completed and be well prepared for my presentations. I knew the goal was to successfully complete the course and I ensured I set daily goals in order to achieve it!
I marvelled to myself as i thought, ”If only I had believed I was this disciplined years ago I would have accomplished so much already!”
I cannot change the past but I can definitely change my future; and so can you!
For God’s will to be fulfilled in our lives it will take discipline. We will have to commit ourselves to being obedient to His prompts and to His leading when He creates windows of opportunities for His will to be done.
A lot of us defeat ourselves by thinking that we lack the discipline required to be successful; but we do have what it takes. It’s all about managing the time we have properly, prioritising the activities we are involved in (which may mean less facebook and television time) and setting achievable goals for each day.
When I was younger, as soon as end of year exams drew closer, my mother would instruct me to create a study time table. I never stuck to it unfortunately, however it is a tool that truly helps to organise the time we have and allows us to see how best we can fit our goals into the time we have available.
Put your goals on paper and develop a strategy, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to maximise the time you have for each day to do the tasks that God has assigned for you to complete while here on earth.
It takes perseverance and patience for discipline to be developed in anyone’s life. It is painful and bothersome at times but its reward is priceless!
We have to discipline ourselves in order to truly live a meaningful life here on earth. If we don’t, we end up starting so many important tasks and never completing them, or know our purpose but never make steps to achieve it. We may even start doing so many things at a time that we become burnt out and ineffective.
Perfect your dreams and God’s will for your life by exercising discipline. Don’t fear it, embrace it! It will make your life much more meaningful and impactful!
“Therefore I do not run without a definite goal; I do not flail around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing]. 27 But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service].” Corinthians 9:26-27 AMP