I found myself praying this morning for a new level of self-discipline. It seems every time I tackle a discipline — well, another one rears its head to be conquered. Maybe it has to do with maturity or just another season of life, but I’d sure just like to be done battling my own self-disicpline issues.
OK – I know that will never happen since we are human, but it certainly is a nice thought!
I was going through some old devotionals I had saved and ran across this one a friend had sent me. It is the perfect reminder of the steps I need to take to be more disciplined.
1) Start with small things.
2) Get yourself organized.
3) Don’t constantly seek to be entertained.
4) Be on time.
5) Keep your word.
6) Do the most difficult tasks first.
7) Finish what you start.
8) Accept correction.
9) Practice self-denial.
10) Welcome responsibility.
John MacArthur The Pillars of Christian Character
All ten of these steps are great. But #6 – definitely is what I needed to be challenged with today. I have gotten in the habit of putting off those difficult tasks and the ones I don’t care to do until . . . well . . . they just couldn’t be put off any longer.
What step might you need to take to develop a new level of self discipline?