February 11, 2010
We are two weeks in to MY ONE WORD and I hope the exercises and the homework are helping you arrange your life in order to keep your word front of you and in your mind throughout your day.
We have been talking about the need for disciplines to help us prepare for change. Constant discipline helps these changes dissolve into our character. The changes will become normal, but disciplines are not easy.
Discipline means I must do things that I am not prone to do. I must be aware of the fact that I do not normally act the way I wish I did. I need to be reminded. Sometimes, I act the way I used to and I need something to remind me not to be that way.
In Romans 7:18-19, it says:
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to dothis I keep on doing.
The conclusion from this passage is that the members of my body wage war with the intentions of my heart. And it is my body that must be brought into submission to the desires of my heart. Discipline is what brings my body into submission.
Because this is not natural–I must be reminded.
My One Word this year is RE:GuARD. It reminds me to pay attention to the interest of others. My normal pace of life does not force me to do that. I am prone to thinking of what I have to do and what I need to get done–my agenda.
So I discipline my mind to think about the interest of others. I have to remember to think this way and ask the questions to bring my body (my mind) into submission to the desires of my heart.
The best way to remember this is to be reminded.
Write a note card or a sticky note and put it in your sight. Place your Bible next to your sink to remind you to discipline yourself. Disciplines takes time and we need to be reminded to do them.