The Secret to Effective and Joyful Self-Discipline

Self Discipline

A friend of mine is an avid runner.

She’s so dedicated that some would say she’s addicted.

She feels uneasy if she hasn’t run in a few days and has confessed that, in the past, it was a battle for her to do other things (such as read her Bible) instead of run in the morning.

She’s extremely disciplined.

But she loves it.

Her feelings towards running always intrigued me, because I’m the type of person who would probably rather go to the dentist than run in the morning.

What can I learn from her about loving to exercise?

Biblical Worldview Discipline

Is Wasting Time a Sin?

Is Wasting Time a Sin?

How does God view it when we waste time?

Is it merely unwise in his eyes? Is it a gray area?

What does scripture say?

Is wasting time a sin?

Balanced Life Discipline

How to Count the Cost of Learning Time Management

Count the Cost of Learning Time Management

Acquiring a new skill is costly.

There is an initial expenditure of time, energy, and potentially money to become proficient at something new. In the area of time management, it ironically takes a lot of time and effort to learn how to save time and effort.

And this is where a lot of people make a logical, yet damaging, mistake.


Anything but Love Will Fail as a Motivation

In the Christian life, our deeds are important. But even more important are our motives.

Even the most sweeping actions and sacrificial gifts are nothing if done without the proper motivation – they leave us, as Paul says, like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

There’s only one motivation that will provide us the fuel necessary to endure – only one motivation that will count for anything in the eyes of God.

That motivation is love.

If you struggle with maintaining the discipline to keep going or if you struggle with focusing and managing your time – love is the only motivation that will allow you to succeed.

It sounds easy to say but hard to live out – mainly for the reason that we, as Christians, are so good at deceiving ourselves. We think we’re acting out of love when we’re not.

I have problems acting out of love. I imagine you do too.

Here are some ways that not serving out of love will cause us to fail – and thinking about these behaviors will also help us diagnose our own hearts to see if we are truly acting out of love.

Discipline Systems & Tips

Practice: The Key to Constant Productivity Improvement

Practice: The Key to Constant Productivity Improvement

In the last post, we talked about how the key to constantly increasing productivity is the powerful but simple concept of taking time to think about how to improve.

But how do we decide exactly what to change? How do we implement that change? How do we know if our efforts are fruitful?

Luckily the world of sports and music has a lot to teach us: the process of continuing to grow and improve uses the same concepts that a tennis player uses to master a backhand and a musician uses to perfect a concerto.


Challenge: Be a Doer and Not Just a Hearer

Be a Doer

It’s pretty common for me to hear something convicting.

Whether it’s a sermon, a chapter from a book, a blog post, a word from a friend, or scripture itself – I’m surrounded by helpful words about things I need to remember.

Truths I need to claim. Attitudes I need to have.

But is my conviction leading me to real fruitful action?


Never Give In – You WILL Be Tempted to Quit

Never Give In

When you’re doing work that matters, temptation will come.

That may sound strange because we fail to grasp what a huge role temptation plays in our lives.

When we think of being tempted, we think of sexual affairs or perhaps the allure of lying for financial gain. We may even think of smaller things such as dieters wanting to munch on some cookies.

But we can learn some valuable lessons when we take a deeper look at temptation.

Discipline Systems & Tips

Goals Aren’t That Big of a Deal

One of the crucial aspects of time stewardship is setting goals. After all, you have to know where you want to go before you can think about getting there effectively.

But I think we often overestimate the power of goal-setting. And this happens because we don’t understand the process of goal achievement – and we forget the true purpose of goals.


How Laziness Makes Excuses

Laziness Makes Excuses

Proverbs 26:13
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!”

It’s tempting for us to read through Proverbs with the general idea that it outlines good and bad behavior. Anything mentioned under “fool, scoffer, sluggard” would be things we are not to emulate.

But think more deeply about what the Bible says about motivations. There’s a gold mine of wisdom when we think about the subtle connections the Bible makes.

Biblical Worldview Discipline

Even Your Smallest Actions Matter

Your Actions MatterDo you wake up with the passion that your life is meaningful and accomplishing something?

Do you feel like what you do matters? Really matters?

Perhaps there are certain areas where you feel important – fleeting moments of significance.

Let me tell you this. There is a war going on behind the scenes, and Satan would love to make you believe that your actions are meaningless.