A recurring theme in the book of Proverbs is slothfulness, aka laziness and its negative outcomes. Laziness and discipline are not friends, infact they are mortal enemies. Everyone has lazy tendencies from time to time, and though we all know and want the rewards that discipline brings, conjuring up the motivation to put in the work can be a challenge.
Idleness and discipline are not friends either because being idle will keep you from performing at your highest level of capacity. Of course everyone needs their down time, even a machine gets overheated if overworked. The beauty of discipline is that you can schedule your downtime so that you’re not only productive, but you’re also not overworked.
Focusing on the future can help motivate you to stay disciplined. You may perhaps not feel like working a 9-5 only to come home and work 7-midnight on your business, however reminding yourself of your end goal, can help you stay aware of what is needed to keep going and ultimately achieve your goals. Thinking ahead coupled with discipline gives you a greater chance to excel in what the future holds for you.
Many times Christian entrepreneurs believe that their faith replaces their sweat equity, but it doesn’t. Here are three scriptures to help if you struggle with discipline:
Proverbs 21:25 (NLT) – Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.
Proverbs 20:4 (NLT) – Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.
Proverbs 19:15 (NLT) – Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to feel or be looked at as lazy, and I surely don’t want to go hungry. As stated earlier, we all have our moments, and though the bible warns against laziness, it’s a great comfort to know that we can ask for whatever we need. Knowing that discipline is your friend, and actually being disciplined obviously aren’t one and the same, so if you want to become more disciplined, ask the Lord to help you. He sent the Holy Spirit for that exact purpose, to be our helper.
Hopefully when you know what is not good for you, you strive to exclude that from your life. As Maya Angelou said “When you know better, you do better” because your awareness has been raised and enlightened. Adding discipline to your life begins in your mind, it is a mindset. When God began to deal with me about discipline in the end of 2015, I focused on two areas in my life:
1. My Business
I started off slow by spending small increments of time focusing on each area. I would spend two dedicated hours five days a week working on my business, this allowed me to be prepared for upcoming opportunities. I heard a singer say once that the worst feeling is when the door of opportunity is opened to you but you are not prepared.
2. My Spiritual Development
I dedicated an hour a day to build up my spirit by watching YouTube videos on my “watch later” list that were spiritually edifying for me. I did this in addition to my prayer time, personal Bible study and church services. Discipline will cause you to do more with the time that you have.
There have been so many opportunities that I have been able to take advantage of in 2016 (and the year has just begun) because I started disciplining myself a few months ago. Discipline is your friend because it has rewards. You are prepared when opportunities present themselves and you don’t have to scramble to put things together. So rather than getting overwhelmed by the mere thought of having to acquire discipline, remember that discipline is actually your friend. You don’t have to struggle with discipline when you embrace the fact that it was created to help you reap the rewards God promised for you.
Comment below and share with me: what are some areas in your life that you need to work on getting more disciplined in?