Jimmy McNeal


May 06, 2018

Year of Discipline

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

- Hebrews 12:11

Instead of just having new year's resolutions that we'd break in 2 or 3 months we decided to fight for something more life giving. For Staci and I this year has been the "Year of Discipline". I came across this verse today and was reminded of the why behind this resolve. 

I just want to be a better Christ follower if I'm honest. 

God disciplines his kids just like I do mine, but better! He loves us so much that he doesn't want us to just stay stagnant in our spiritual growth or our fight for obedience. In order for a child to not be disciplined they have to fight to be obedient right? They have to discipline themselves to say yes to the good things and no to those things that aren't ok with "the parentals"... So we thought, as Christians, why not discipline ourselves to be more obedient. We're not perfect at all, but we've specifically fought to read our bibles daily, pray, and take care of our bodies to help us endure ministry life. Although it hasn't been easy, it's been so worth it! We've been working out, resting, and eating better. There have been several moments of success and failure, but I'm so thankful we've seen the benefits of saying "yes" to God. Discipline isn't an easy thing to teach or to give when giving it, but this verse in particular reminded me that I want to be trained by discipline. 

This discipline is training me to be a better Christ follower. Parents use discipline to train their kids up in the way they aught to grow. They learn obedience, respect, honesty along with so much more. I see God doing that in my own life in several ways and I want to be a help to that end...so I'm training myself with discipline. 

If you are a believer reading this, I pray it encourages you to fight for discipline in your own life. It's not always pleasant, but it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Nothin' but love, 



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