A guest post for Wholehearted
“When I hear the word “discipline” I think of an athlete. The grueling training schedule, meal plans, time, and pressure that sits on their shoulders. Some starting at an early age of 7 or 8 years old face this lifestyle for 15+ years. Many will push through injuries determined to adapt their bodies to their situation. They tear down muscles, regulate their minds, and cultivate a focus that could cut through glass. It’s a level of discipline that surpasses understanding. I’ll be honest, some mornings I have to fight to show up for God, my husband, and my community. And when I compare my efforts to the dedication of an athlete, I wonder how their discipline comes so naturally?
As I thought about an athlete’s life I realized something: it is not the joy of the discipline itself that keeps the athlete going. They do not ultimately find their fulfillment through the workout or the schedule or the meal, they find it in the end game – the result of those things. So how does this apply to us as believers?…”