Discipline is Contagious

Way back on the first of January, I shared my one word for 2015: freedom. It may seem counter-intuitive for me to post about discipline just a few weeks later.

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As the type-A, ever-achieving, goal-setting gal that I am, I can start a lot of wonderful things. How many get finished? Well, let’s just say there is a reason one of my previous years focused on that very word! What makes the difference in starting grand goals versus completing them? Perseverance of course, but even with a never-give-up attitude, one could end up trying for a long time without accomplishing anything. I believe the difference is discipline. The small, daily, committed steps it takes to change the path we are on.

And discipline is contagious.

There have been many articles written about the links between poor health and debt, or clutter and debt. Basically, if one area of our lives is out of control, it’s likely that other areas are as well. When I am disciplined about reading my Bible plan daily, it’s more likely that I will make healthier food choices as well. When I eat well, I have a stronger desire to go for a daily walk or complete a workout video. When I’ve eaten well and worked out, I sleep better and have an easier time getting up with the alarm (or waking before it goes off). When I am up on schedule, it’s easier to read my Bible plan first thing in the morning.

Again I’ll say it, discipline is contagious.

I’ll be the first to admit, this cycle can also hold a perfectionist hostage. It is easy to think you didn’t have a good day if you didn’t do everything in that example perfectly – instead of celebrating accomplishing just one of those things! To strike a balance between my perfectionism and giving up completely – my focus on freedom this year is my reminder that I will always land somewhere along the spectrum between these two.

Perfectionism is a lie, discipline changes what my life looks like today and on December 31st.

This week, the season of Lent begins. It’s a little over 40 days this year. While I did not grow up practicing this discipline, I have come to appreciate it as an adult. Choosing something to give up so that I can refocus my priorities, my prayer life, my relationship with God – that is a beautiful and lovely practice. Not every change I’ve made in the past for a Lenten season has been a permanent one, but I have always grown through the process. This year, my changes will again focus on my health.

I believe the practice of Lent can be the opportune time for us to revisit the goals and dreams placed in our hearts by God. Ultimately, I think it’s most effective because it brings our attention back to Him daily. Whatever you choose to give up for Lent, make sure to fill that void with prayer and reading of His Word. Ultimately, those are the practices that change us most.

What are you doing for Lent this year?

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