I don’t know about you, but self-discipline is not something I do very well, but it is something I need to do well. (I hate it when that happens)
In trying to teach myself discipline, I’ve learned a lot about myself. (Funny how when you teach, you learn…)
First, I’ve learned that if I rely on others to tell me things, then I never become disciplined in it myself, I become disciplined in responding to them. Which means that yeah, I’m gonna mess it up a lot, because it takes time for me to get myself into that routine, that habit. Which means I need a lot of grace from both myself and others. Which leads me to the second thing I’ve learned:
Because I need so much grace myself, I’ve learned to give a lot of grace to others as they falter, especially when trying to form new habits and disciplines. It’s made me aware that just because they fail over and over and over again doesn’t mean they aren’t trying.
But grace and forgiveness does not mean no consequences to our actions.
I’ve also learned that someone can show you grace, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a price to be paid. When I mess up, there are consequences to that. Grace and forgiveness means that in the end, my mistake was ok, but I still have to be ready to deal with the consequences of my actions, whatever they may be.
Learning discipline isn’t easy, and it’s not something you ever “finish”, because there will always be something else you have to discipline yourself in, but knowing about yourself, and the best way to learn discipline will make it that much easier for you to learn new things in the future…