There have been many times in my life when I have desired to be fitter and healthier. I have a pushbike in the shed and a kayak; unfortunately, both gathering dust… once I joined a Gym… I signed up for 3 years but faltered at 18 months after an injury. I’ve walked in the mornings before work, and gone to the pool to swim laps.
Somehow though, things always seem to get in the way of my good intentions.
Jim Rohn writes, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
I think he’s right, but one of the things I’ve noticed, is that it’s hard to be disciplined by myself… It’s cold, I’m sore, I’m tired, I have too much other important stuff to do, I’ll go tomorrow.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that I am much more disciplined when I exercise with someone else… or even better with a group of others.
I find it harder to make excuses & when I’m struggling, others encourage me and spur me on. When I’m going well, I can be the encourager and do some spurring on too!
Many years ago, an unknown person penned the following words in a letter to the early church,
“Therefore, brothers and sisters… Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:19a & 23-25
Wow… I think whoever wrote this letter understood the struggle I have with discipline. What a great idea to regularly come together to encourage and spur one another on to love and good deeds. I think this is great wisdom and one of the reasons that I’m part of a Church family!
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