Train yourself to be godly. - 1 Timothy 4:7
Discipline is about consistency, patience, perseverance. Little by little, habits are formed that are structured around the goal and prize. This is true of managing our finances, caring for our health, nurturing relationships, and becoming more like Christ.
There are no shortcuts to lasting results.
An athlete’s consistent training routine doesn’t make them the best instantly, but over time it shows up in their game performance, in longevity of career, and ability to avoid injury.
Doing the little things consistently reaps rewards over time.
If you want to save for a financial goal, develop deep friendships, or mature in your faith, it will require paying attention to the little things. If you want to live a healthy life, it’s about making wise eating, exercising, and sleeping decisions along the way.
Proverbs 13:11 reminds us that steady diligence pays off. Steady diligence amounts to training.
In our journey towards Christ-likeness, being obedient in even the smallest detail can bring the power of God into our lives.
Don’t underestimate the value of being faithful in the routine, even dull, duties of life. Godliness grows slowly. Be patient with the process.
As you slowly but consistently incorporate spiritual practices into your life, you will learn the humble posture of listening and responding to the Holy Spirit.
Read His Word, spend time talking to Him and listening to His voice. You will never regret spending time with God.
Spiritual disciplines help us learn to pay attention. Any intentional practice that trains you to pay attention to God, deepens your relationship with Him, and conforms you to His character is worth incorporating into the fabric of your life.
There is no fast track to holiness.
So, what path are you on?
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14