When I hear the word “discipline” I think of an athlete. The fierce training schedule, meal plans, time, and pressure that sits on their shoulders. Some starting at an early age of seven or eight years old face this lifestyle for fifteen plus. Many will even 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 is a level of discipline that honestly surpasses understanding!
Let me be honest, some mornings I have to fight to show up for God, my family, my work 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 realised something: It is not the joy of the discipline itself that keeps the athlete going. They do not ultimately find their fulfilment through the workout or the schedule or the meal, they find it in the end game – the result of those things.
So more importantly, how does this apply to us as believers?
Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.