This morning I am thinking about the discipline that is in or maybe the discipline that is not there in our life.
The motivational speaker, Jim Rohn said, “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces — regret weighs tons.“
Rohn’s quote grabs our attention because many of our regrets stem from lack of discipline:
- If only I had been more diligent.
- If only I had been more consistent.
- If only I had been more persistent.
- If only I had been more determined.
And on and on our regret go.
Regret weighs tons, but it’s foolish to bear this burden of regret longer than necessary.
Know how to get out from under it?
It’s in the first half of Rohn’s equation: Take another tug at the lighter weight of discipline.
- What good thing …
- what necessary thing …
must I start doing today — and every day — if I feel like it or not?
Whether it’s a walk around the block or more time in the Word or cancelling a golf game to spend the afternoon with your kids, the short-lived pang of making a decision that doesn’t come easily is nothing compared to the relief it brings from the dread of regret — in fact, these tough decisions result in immeasurable joy.
There’s a verse in Hebrews that refers to discipline. The writer is speaking here about the discipline (correction) that God sometimes works in us, but these words also apply to the discipline we have the power to exact on ourselves.
“Now no chastening (Discipline) for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous (Painful): nevertheless afterward it yieldeth (Produces) the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Hebrews 12:15)
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