Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)
This is our final day of preparation. I hope you have completed your review of the background information on the 40 Days of Discipline website (www.40daysofdiscipline.com). We will start with the Discipline of Bible Study next week. I know that God has something special in store for us.
For many of us, being really disciplined about anything healthy is a struggle. In the passage above, Paul comes across as a pretty determined and disciplined individual. Please pause and talk to God about where you are in the matter of discipline. I would encourage you to give Him thanks for the strength He already provides, and be specific in any request you make for help.
There is, of course, nothing magical about the 40 days journey. If you miss a day, just catch back up. This journey should not include a guilt trip. That being said, I hope you will partner with God to show the kind of resolve demonstrated by Paul. One way to demonstrate this resolve is to schedule specific time in your calendar for the 40 Days of Discipline journey.
Today’s Questions for comments:
- What are your thoughts on mixing Disciplines and Love?
- Do you find the practice of the Disciplines liberating or restricting?
Please share your thoughts if you feel led and read the comments left by others.
Talk to you on Monday.