Can I be honest with you? This is the part about discipline that frustrates me the most. I can tend to be an all-or-nothing person. I wake up one morning in a fit of inspiration and completely turn my world on its head. I initiate all kinds of new things all at once.
I try a new exercise plan, diet, daily routine, book, Bible reading schedule, shampoo, toothpaste, and sleep schedule. Then I get frustrated when I realize there is going to be an adjustment period.
I am just a horrible pacer. When I step out the door to do a 5K training run, I want it done and over with as quickly as possible.
So, the first time I saw the idea of discipline broken down into painfully small baby steps, I got frustrated. I wanted to do all 21 steps at the exact same time. Perhaps you can relate.
We just want it quick, easy, and over with. Cold turkey sounds great. Waking up tomorrow with my life together sounds fantastic. Little work, low commitment, high payout, guaranteed results. That is what we want. We want it all and we want it right now.
The idea of a process- a long drawn out journey can actually be discouraging. Can’t we just be done with this? Can’t we just flip a switch and change our lives? No.
We have to walk the long, tedious, messy road of untangling our hearts, minds, and bodies from this stuff. We have to commit to the process of being changed and made whole again, and it is just that, a process.
So, instead of trying to make the jump from addict to Ms. Perfect, instead, decide to walk this journey with Christ, one slow step at a time.
- Keep your alarm set and keep that card with Romans 6:11-13. Repeat what you did yesterday.
- Look at the ‘major struggle’ you wrote down yesterday. Think of some ways you can put ‘roadblocks’ on the road to that struggle. If it’s pornography, how can you make it inconvenient to access. If it is lust, how can you avoid tempting situations. Write down five ‘roadblocks.’
Some examples of roadblocks:
Only use the computer in a share space
Enable parental controls and set time limits
Disable internet on your phone
Block chat rooms and forums
Leave the bedroom door open
Take a break from your boyfriend
Put away the romance novels