Paul understood the importance of discipline in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 he emphasizes that, as followers of the Most High God, our spiritual lives form the core of our character. If our character is flawed our spiritual lives will be also.

Inspiration and talent will only carry you so far. The habits you form will sustain you. Even a very strong passion will not be enough. Enthusiasm does not make up for preparation. Exuberance doesn’t translate into a giant trophy. All of these things are good but none of them; exuberance, enthusiasm, inspiration or talent replaces training and discipline. I train daily for my spiritual journey, it’s more important to me than any trophy or accolades or compliments.

I long to have balance in my life, this comes through self-discipline which ultimately comes from relationship with Yahweh. In order to have the self-control we need to cultivate this same kind of spiritual fitness. Doing so can and will affect other areas of our life – how we treat others, where we go for answers to major decisions and the skills we use in accomplishing our daily tasks.

If you want to be effective, identify the habits you need to build into your life so you can share with diligence – habits such as physical fitness, balance between work and home, financial and personal accountability, productivity in the workplace and the like. Strap on your shoes and get going. Disciplined habits will give you the momentum you need to not only move forward, but also to run your earthly race with strength and purpose.

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