2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”
I was reading this scripture the other day, and the word discipline jumped off the page. If I’m honest, that’s something I could definitely use more of as I try to be an effective steward of my time.
What can we learn from this passage about the idea of biblical self discipline?
A quick tip on how to muddle through unpleasant activities with a smile on your face: view them as an expression of love and build prayer into what you’re doing.
When I was in college, I rented a house with two other guys from my academic department. My class schedule allowed me to drop by the house for lunch every day while my housemates were away, and I made it a habit of doing the dishes that had piled up in the sink. It was always surprising how many dishes were stacked in the sink, especially for a bunch of college guys who weren’t really the doing-dishes type.
One of my dorky hobbies is playing board games. And one of the dorky things I pride myself on is my ability to teach new players the rules of a board game.
You may laugh, but it’s actually not that easy to explain a board game well – especially the more complicated strategy games that I enjoy. Many of the game manuals are a dozen or more pages outlining rule after rule after rule: phases and turn orders and contingencies and exceptions and scoring. If you’re not careful, it can get so overwhelming that a new player begins with no clue about what they’re doing.