That’s right. It’s Friday, and we’re going to talk about discipline. Originally I was going to write this post on Monday, but – especially as someone who struggles with being disciplined – I realized that would be the easy day to write about it.
Sure, no one wants to talk about discipline on a Monday, but let’s face it. It’s a lot easier to be gung ho about discipline on a Monday when the week is fresh, you’ve just had a break over the weekend, and you have big plans involving productivity and stellar parenting.
By Friday, I’m tired, the dishes are piling up in the sink, and I’m just trying to make it through the day until my husband comes home and will be around to lend a hand over the weekend.
And it’s in this moment that I want to talk about discipline.
The truth is, I’m not a disciplined person. I’m productive. I’m efficient. I get things done, and I’m your go-to girl. But I’m not disciplined.
And you know why? Because I don’t like being told what to do. Evidently, even by my own self.
The past week I’ve felt convicted that I need to practice being disciplined. In fact, the conviction was so clear, that the Lord has even defined specific actions for me in four areas (and they all start with “d” so you know it’s heaven-sent!):
1. Daily: Make our home a haven and a place of rest
Short term goal (thru Dec 1) – Create some routines in our schedule. Clean out the clutter.
2. Dollars: Be a good steward of financial resources. Eliminate outstanding debt.
Short term goal (thru Dec 1) – Get personal variable spending under control
3. Devotions: Develop a deep love, insatiable desire for His word.
Short term goal (thru Dec 1) Establish my walk as a priority and begin to put into place some reinforcing habits.
4. Diet: Reach goal weight. Live a healthier lifestyle.
Short term goal (thru Dec 1) – Create some healthy habits to lay groundwork. Lose 8 lbs.
So from now until Dec 1, I have outlined several specific actions under each of those headings and goals, and as a part of my accountability, I’m going to post about discipline every Friday. It might just be an update on how things are going, or it might be a lesson I’ve learned through being disciplined. I don’t know how long I’ll be called to be this structured and specifically disciplined, but I know it’ll be for a little while.
So here we go. I’d love to hear any lessons learned or thoughts about being disciplined in the comments.