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1 Corinthians 9: 24-25
This devotional has a quote written by Charles Stanley.
The devotional topic today is self-discipline. I can’t say that I have good self-discipline. Case in point, I don’t even do this daily devotional daily. Seriously, this book was supposed to take one year. Three hundred sixty-five days, I knew I wasn’t going to do weekends, but I started doing this book, August 1, 2017. A year has gone by. I really did expect to finish it in October, because I knew I was skipping weekends. But I’m only on Day 137. So all in all, self-discipline is not my strong suit.
However, self-discipline needs to be a basic building-block of our faith. It’s one of the things we need to have a sturdy foundation. We have to have the discipline to run the race daily. We need to follow the routine of daily devotion, prayer, praise to exercise our faith. We can’t let it become a going through the motions, to do for the sake of doing. (it is a fine line)
We have to show self-discipline in all ways of our lives. Seeking God daily, faithfully. When we love on God, God loves on us back–even more than we do. Showing that discipline every day is a way of seeking God. Whether it’s doing a devotional or controlling what you say. It’s a way of praising God.
Yesterday in Sunday school, we had a very unorthodox lesson. It was a small group and we all went around telling the good things that God is doing in our life. When it got to me, I was the first mom in the room and said my peace. Next, was another Mom, she said her thing. Then the third and final Mom in the room told how proud she was of her kids. How she felt she was doing something right because she could see her kids making right choices. We then proceeded to vent a little. Which isn’t the best thing to do in Sunday school, but as moms we all needed to hear that we weren’t alone in the world. We talked about how Satan uses that idea you are all alone to hurt us. (So it had a point) but it also was said that we get so frustrated with our children. How does God feel about us and our misdeeds?
Now, this anecdote brings me back to the point of self-discipline. God is our perfect parent. He has to deal with each of us, in the way that will teach us. But when we aren’t being scolded, taught or anything us. That self-discipline is what keeps us in line. Keeps us on the right path.