“Discipline does not seem enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
“My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof, For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a “coach/father” corrects the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12
“Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the LORD your God disciplines you for your own good. ‘So obey the commands of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and fearing him.’” Deuteronomy 8:5-6
Years ago when I was working at the University of Alabama, I had the opportunity to have coffee with Coach Nick Saban. We were comparing football training and the military, and he shared a core philosophy that he shares with new recruits and permeates throughout his football team. He teaches young men that “you are going to have to make a decision in life. You have to choose the pain of discipline or the pain of disappointment”.
When you teach a young child to brush his teeth, it’s a discipline. Why? Because that discipline is far better than the disappointment of having cavities and dental issues for life. We teach a young driver the discipline of walking around her car to make sure it’s ready, and putting on a belt. Why? That discipline is better than the disappointment of being late as you ran over something hidden behind the car. These kinds of decisions permeate our lives; investing versus overcharging credit cards, working out versus growing soft and weak impacting quality of life as you age. Time at work balanced with time with family.
There are consequences to all our decisions. Choosing discipline limits the many disappointments we might have to live with, for many years. TJC spent the last couple weeks diving into discipline, why? Because many of us have known disappointments that were the result of poor decisions and lack of discipline.
My list of personal disappointments is far too long, the worst is the disappointments I caused others due to my lack of discipline that led to divorce and hurting my family.
More important is that we focus on the future. We have an incredibly difficult mission ahead of us in 2021. This past year was a period of realization; no one anticipated what 2020 would reveal about all of us. It has prepared us for greater assignments in the kingdom as we choose to focus on discipline.
TJC is now moving into a celebration of Christmas and recapping the lessons and adventure of 2020.
Daily Battle Order:
You know where you chose an easy route instead of the “ancient path” of discipline. Write down those choices and the disappointment you have faced and the discipline you should have chosen. Share that list with “Dad” over coffee and ask Him for His feedback and guidance closing that chapter, and how to move forward. Take a big red marker and write the name of Jesus over these disappointments and what God has shared. Fold that up and put it in an envelope marked 2020 and put it in your bible. We will be back to see how God has used them very soon.
The Joshua Commission appreciates the opportunity to share lessons and testimonies of God’s love through the Daily Battle Orders. 2020 has certainly shed light on many facets of our culture, community and each of us individually. In 2021 TJC is taking a much more PROACTIVE position disciplining Kingdom Men to prevail through increasing challenges. As a Not-For-Profit Para-Church we rely on your donations to improve our operations and expand the Kingdoms influence. Please take the time to go on our website (joshuacommission.org) and subscribe, and donate if these DBO’s are of value to you. We aren’t asking you to partner with us, we are saying you are needed to lock shields with your brothers in the battles to come.