Eight days in to 2016. So far, so good.
My word for 2016 is “discipline”. I feel that God is calling me higher & to do so – I am going to have to be disciplined in all areas of my life.
Discipline is defined as the suppression of base desires. Self-discipline is to some extent a substitute for motivation.I want to be healthy physically – which requires discipline to eat healthily & exercise, even when I don’t want to. I want to be healthy mentally – which requires discipline in how I respond to things out of my control. I want to be healthy emotionally – which requires discipline in how I manage my emotions, not allowing my emotions to manage me. And I want to be healthy spiritually – which requires discipline in my relationship with & in pursuing Him.
Something that has become very evident to me lately is that I can’t do everything. I know that seems so elementary. Duh. No one can do everything. And while I “know” that – I do not operate in that understanding. I am a doer. If something needs to be done, I step in (& sometimes over step) to accomplish the task at hand. When I try to do everything, I wind up not doing anything with excellence – I am not operating in or focusing on the gifts & responsibilities that God designed just for me. And when I am not responsible with the gifts that God designed just for me, I am usually trying to “win” my way in Him instead of resting in Him. I like to call this vicious cycle perfectionism. One of my MANY petitions for this year is freedom from perfectionism.God is teaching me the power of “no”… so that my “yes” may be my best yes.