God has laid heavily on my heart my lack of discipline:
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son,
do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved
by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son
whom He receives."
~Hebrews 12:5-6 ESV
Here is the truth: The Bible demonstrates here that a son/daughter of God
will bear marks from the discipline of God. Just like earthly parents, God
disciplines His children. Why? So they will know the right thing to do, for
their own good and His joy.
Sometimes as parents, good may not be our motivation in
correction. God often reproves because He loves us and desires goodness and
even greatness for His glory. God sees all of the potential that we hold as
His children. He wants us to succeed, have joy, and live free. He desires
our good. How, then, do we respond to this discipline? An earthly example
are players or students who have all the right training, opportunities, and
resources to achieve invested. Do they choose to use them (and receive the
happy results) or waste them? In order to use them, they have to choose;
they have to choose to learn to discipline themselves. They take the
constant correction and reproof and carry it forward on their own. They
value all of it, they embrace it all, they hold onto all of it.
As a child of God, you WILL be disciplined. It is the truth. It is part of
sharing in the suffering of Christ. My suggestion is that we learn to
discipline ourselves like Hebrews 12:1-2 implies, by
going to God each day and saying, "Whatever is best for your kingdom today,
right now, in the future, I AM IN." Go all in with the Lord. God can do more
with You than you ever thought. He sees your potential and He knows you have
more. Boast in the Lord, bear the marks of discipline, so the world-your
world-might see and believe.
With discipline, let the training refine you, perfect you, and make you more
like the Jesus you follow. Let's go all in! Ragan