The Pursuit of Discipline

3/24/2005 6:04 AM

S: “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, let, when I have
preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” 1 Corinthians

O: Paul is simply following this phrase from a couple of days ago – all
things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial. Now he’s simply
saying that if we are going to win the race of reaching lost people, we’re
going to have to take it seriously. Discipline. Most people don’t like it.
Most people don’t want to deal with it. That is why there was a new report
recently that says Social Security will fix itself, because so many people
are obese, that the average age for death will come down!

American’s are not disciplined. It’s a dirty word to them. They don’t want
to take the time to deal with things the way they need to, because they want
to focus on their wants right now. Later they’ll deal with it. We live in
such an immediate society that not wants to focus on the long-term

But I like Paul’s reasoning here in verse 27. I discipline myself so that
somehow I myself might not become disqualified.

A: I understand that. One of my core values is, “The pursuit of discipline
will get me where I want to go.” So, things where I have disciplined my
life are:
1. Food – we try to eat healthfully most of the time
2. Daily Walking – Gail and I have been walking for years now every day
and it’s about an hour long or more usually now.
3. Other Exercise – I try to ride my bike, jog, or other form of
exercise about 3-5 times a week.
4. Purity – I don’t meet with women in private – EVER. I have a filter
on my computer that sometimes is a pain, but is a very valuable thing.
5. Preaching – I try to have a disciplined time where I work on my
schedule for preaching and then I follow through with it each week.
6. Devotions – for nearly 17 years now, I’ve had a time where every day
of my life is first dedicated to growing closer to God and building our
7. Work Schedule – I strive to work according to schedule and be off
according to schedule so that I can focus on work when I’m at work and focus
on my family when I’m with family.
8. Calendar – this is related to the above, but trying to focus my
calendar and not just jump when people call.
9. Leadership – I’m trying to discipline myself to become the kind of
leader that will lead others as well as lead the church and my associate

But here are some areas that I likely need to focus my discipline:
1. Schedule – Although I’ve grown in my work schedule, I need to not
quit growing and I need to get it more totally under control.
2. Block Schedule – figuring out my daily blocks, and sticking to them.
3. Food – When I feel like it, I eat junk. And when I eat junk food, I
eat too much of it.
4. Email – I can’t let email run my life, or the internet. I need to
use it as a tool, and only as a tool. Not run my schedule around it.
5. Attitude – I want to have and maintain a positive attitude about all
people and not get sucked into my own stinkin’ thinkin’ at times.
6. Leading my kids – I want to NOT be a complainer about people around
my kids. This is related to the above, but not 100% because that one
relates to my mind, this one relates to my words. I want my kids to see me
as a person who believers in people – neighbors, church members, fallen
church members, or people who are volunteering for church.
7. Reading – I need to get back on track with my reading, and make the
time to read and read often.

P: Lord, here are some things I need to focus on. I pray you will continue
to lead me down the disciplined path. About the only way I lived a
disciplined path as a kids was through the area of sports. But even that
wasn’t really disciplined, as much as it was out of balance with the amount
of time I spent with it. In other words, I played sports too much.

You led me to get more disciplined when I studied Tae Kwon Do. You led me
while I was in sports. You led me when I became a vegetarian. You led me
towards more discipline when I was in college and later in seminary. You
led me towards more discipline when I was working for other people. You led
me down the path of discipline when I started having daily devotions. You
have led me a long ways. I know you are leading me now.

Lord, continue to guide me along the path of discipline, lest I disqualify
myself for the prize. I love you and I want to continue to love you.
Please guide me and please protect me. I love you and will follow you.
Thank you.