“I’m just not a disciplined person.” How often do we hear it…or say it? This is an argument that has become one of the easiest ways to get out of something that we know we should do, but don’t want to put forth the time and energy to carry out. Think about it though: Do you know one person who is truly content and undisciplined?
We are reminded in Heb 12 that discipline is not fun! “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness (right relationship).” There is nothing glamorous about it, and it is not a quick fix. In fact, we are told that it seems sorrowful. Who wants to choose sorrow? We do everything we can to avoid sorrow and pain.
If it’s true that some of us are just not disciplined people, then why would our Creator be so adamant about us being disciplined? I think we get His answer in the second half of Heb 12: “It yields the peaceful fruit of right relationship.” Think about it – physical discipline (exercise) leads to right relationship with ourselves. We feel exponentially better about ourselves when we eat right and exercise. Spiritual discipline (being with Jesus) leads to right relationship with God. Social and emotional discipline (creating time to invest in others and self) leads to right relationship with others. None of this is easy. It all takes time and sacrifice, but the fruit is revealed when we get to be all that we were created for!
Lie: I’m not a disciplined person
Truth: We were all created for discipline
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness (right relationship) Heb 12:11