Many talk about discipline and self control, the fact is, neither can be achieved without faith. Faith is believing what you haven’t yet seen. So, if you’re waiting to achieve any form of success and have no faith that you will ever achieve it, you might as well give up now!
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” James 2:17 (NIV).
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” John 15:5 (ESV).
Contrary to popular belief, “All talk, no action” does not a success formula make! Talking about success in any area is not the same as being successful in that area. To be truly successful you need to exercise discipline and self control to develop the required skill for success.
In her article, ‘Discipline Is Not A Dirty Word’, Joyce Meyer said:
“Years ago, people were expected to work at their jobs for a long time before getting raises, vacation and special benefits. Today, these things are expected up front. I’m all for people having great benefits, but there’s a sense of entitlement today that can actually hurt us.
I believe a lot of people want the “perks without the works.” In other words, they want to have all of the good results without having to discipline themselves or take any of the responsibility to get them.
College football coach, Vince Lombardi, famously said that he was going to teach his players how to discipline themselves so they could have what they said they wanted to have.
You see, although today we can microwave a meal, there’s no such thing as “microwave Christianity.” Actually, I like to call God’s process “The Law of Gradual Growth.” Why? Because little by little, as we make right choices, He delivers us from our enemies and takes us where we need to be.
Yes, in the beginning, disciplining yourself will be difficult. It won’t feel good and you won’t like it. But every time you make a choice to do the right thing, the next time it gets a little easier. And you get one step closer to your goal.”
So, if you really want success in any area of your life the formula is discipline and self control equals success! 😀
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