Purity & Freedom

An Exercise in Discipline

For the month of January, we’re going to do something different here on the blog.  Every day, I’m going to offer one little tip/pointer/thought in your journey of freedom.

I got the idea back in November as I was really convicted about one area of my life: discipline.  I don’t mean punishment, but the act of sticking with something.  I once heard discipline defined as the act of grabbing yourself by the back of the neck and kicking yourself in the rear to make something happen.

I have to admit, I am not good at this at all.  With short-term projects, I am fantastic.  When I know something is only going to take me a couple minutes to finish, I have no problem doing it.

With long-term goals, though, I am more of a procrastinator.

I will put it off and make excuses until moments before it needs to be done.  Then, I will give myself a sleep-deprived migraine in order to finish it in time.  (Can I get a witness?)

I really began to feel like this was a part of my life I needed to change.  I want to be a woman who makes wise use of her time, who accomplishes tasks without getting stressed out.  I really wanted my life to be one marked by peace and calm, which is a byproduct of discipline.

Around that same time, it just so happened that I picked up a copy of the book 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life, by Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom).  At first, I thought, “This is a book written by a mom and is probably more about how to balance life with soccer and ballet and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”  

By the end of Day 1, I knew I was wrong.

Discipline is a universal.  It is a practice.  Think of it like a picture frame.  It provides structure and protection for something, but whatever that something is is up to you.

So, how does this apply to you and why is it the first thing to bring up in our practical steps of freedom?

Walking in Freedom is an exercise in discipline.

This is why freedom can be so difficult for some of us.  Sure, you may understand that you are free, but are you exercising that freedom?  It’s just like physical exercise.

You may have a goal set, and all of the freedom in the world to do it, but if you go through every day without changing anything, you cannot expect to be changed.  You have to fight the desire to just chill at home on the couch.  You have to throw out the potato chips.

You have to make wise choices throughout your day, not just get up in the morning hoping it all works out.  They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, and we want to get in the habit of living life without lust.

That is what this little series is going to be about.  It is going to be about taking that big goal of ‘being free’ and breaking it down into little steps of freedom.

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Today:

  • Write out Romans 6:11-13.  Then set your alarm for two times throughout the day that work for you.  When your alarm goes off, take a few minutes to read that passage.
  • Think of the area of your life where you struggle the most.  Write it down on that same card/sticky note.  We’ll come back to this later.

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