I think that I had been putting the blame of my recent lack of self-discipline on to Someone.
My new knowledge of God’s sovereignty was music to my ears. Even though the knowledge of it is beyond comforting to my soul, but it also became a reason for me not to take any responsibility over my life.
Yet it is amazing, how cold pitch-black nights can open my eyes that is; Sadness made me realize my foolishness.
Now I am ready to bounce back. I am at the edge of my seat. Now is the time to make up for what is lost and move forward!
We live in a generation filled with buzzing, noisy, entertaining distractions. We may be preoccupied with tasks, our schedules filled with meetings, and our mind conquered by short-term goals. We think that we are productive, but at the end of the year, we look back and see the time that we lost.
I learned that there’s a GREAT difference between what is urgent and what is important. Important things are what we should only strive to work on, while urgent things are what must be taken care of. Anything else is a distraction.
Working on important things is the goal; working on urgent things is a responsibility.
But consistently working on what is important is difficult. Partly because it requires more mental effort and force, the disciplining of the mind, and the keeping of strong good habits.
But to be distracted is dangerous.
It is a great boon to learn how to number our days, so that we may hopefully gain a heart of wisdom.
Kings fell. Nations crumbled. Wars waged. Families broken. All because of a single thing — the fallen human heart.
Leadership always requires strong control over the heart. To keep emotions in check. To control outbursts. To make sound and wise decisions. To have control over the self.
The heart is deceitful above all things; We should watch over it with all diligence.
With everything that we have, with the relationships that we had been given and will be given, with the range of free will that we have, with the space and time that we are in. With the degree of control that we have — it is stewardship entrusted to us.
It is then our job to take responsibility over it.
Finally, self-discipline is hard — The moment we believe that we have it, we then easily lose it. But it is something that is worth having.
PS: Though I try to avoid taking quotes out of context but all of these sprung out from a paragraph that randomly popped out of my head: “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”