I’m amazed at how just a small measure (for starters) of self-discipline can make one’s life more fulfilling! I’ve been jolted awake by what I read in my new daily devotional about making good choices. But what’s even more amazing is that, the Lord has readily supplied me with the inspiration to give it a go. It’s tremendously more exciting when it’s the Lord Himself who puts the wind in your sails to propel you to follow a certain path. Then you know it’s really for the best. Consciously and consistently making good choices makes up our self-discipline. How good can that be? If we seriously consider every decision or choice we have to make, whether big or small, simple or complicated – it would make a huge difference in our lives!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Gal. 5:22-23 NIV, emphasis added)

Self-discipline or self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. But we think of it more as curbing our emotions and our fleshly lusts, and yes, it is primarily that. But self-discipline also consists of a measure of faith, vision, and time management. I was undisciplined when it came to my sleeping hours. I slept so late, sometimes as late as 2AM, reading. Then during the day, I always resisted the urge (and need) to nap. Though I am ill and weak, I could not give priority to my recovery, although of course, I pray for it fervently and constantly. But when I read the daily devotional and a fresh dose of inspiration came with it, I realized that I could begin to practice doing things that could boost my health and strength.

After the latest string of attacks that I had at the end of summer, I was too weak and afraid to try walking exercises again. But when a brilliant plan was birthed in my mind – of sleeping early (at a designated time), napping during the day to boost energy, eating healthy, and then practice walking again even a few steps at a time – I was definitely in! Yes, it’s just consciously making a chain of good choices everyday! But not without faith. For standing on my two weak, atrophied feet would take a handsome amount of faith. And then there’s the vision. What kind of a brilliant plan without a vision? Of looking into the fruitful end of it? That’s what will drive us and encourage us on days when it is more difficult to carry on. At the end of my self-discipline and training, I see myself a lot more energetic!

Just like our spiritual walk – we keep going, we endure trials – because we are looking unto the end of our faith, even our salvation.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Cor. 9:24-25 NIV, emphasis added)

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