“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” — Hebrews 12:11
Some may think of discipline in a negative context, but it is actually what allows us to accomplish great things. In sport or any other endeavor, it’s not enough to just state your goal. As the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said, “A goal without a plan is simply a wish.”
The best of the best realize that it is our daily choices and habits that contribute to who we ultimately become. Sure, everyone wants to play on game day. However, most athletes and coaches understand that one must prepare at practice and in the weight room, and must study his or her playbook, if they want to be ready for game day.
It’s the same in our walk with Jesus. We cannot simply attend church once a week and truly expect to be ready for game day (i.e. the opportunities Jesus gives us to positively impact this world for the sake of His Kingdom). Discipline yourself daily by studying the Bible and praying consistently. Remember, who you are tomorrow is a result of your actions today.
Coaches have often said, “You are getting better or getting worse.” Get better today for Christ!
— R. Levi Nelson, Field High School (Mogadore, Ohio) head football coach
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