It’s said that each of us is “monarch” of our own lives. And we are responsible for ruling our actions and decisions. But this can’t be possible without discipline. Let me quickly say upfront here that you are responsible for the outcome of your own life. What you become or you don’t can’t be someone else fault. You have greater influence over your life than anyone. So it’s all about you and what you do with yourself.
But when we are not disciplined we allow what we need to rule over to be the one that rules over us. So we are under the control of what we suppose to be controlling. In this sense, we will lose the control of our lives and that automatically disqualifies us to win. This is the reason discipline becomes very important to be a winner in all areas of life.
The Law of Discipline states that what you rule over is under your control, but what rule over you controls you.
We can’t just choose to live our lives at the mercy of our flesh, emotions, appetites and desires. We have to gain control of how we live our lives day-to-day. Nobody is responsible for our lives as we do.
The first person you must learn to lead if you must achieve something significant with your life is you. You must determine to take up the duty of self-leadership. You must follow the law of discipline. It states, “What you rule over is under your control, but what rule over you controls you.” For instance, if you don’t have control over your sleep, finances, pleasure, and your time, then they are your masters.
That’s why number one major thing you must rule over is yourself. Until you are able to put your body under control, you may not be able to strive for excellence in life. When you have a rule over yourself, you will be able to put yourself under control. You will lead your life in right direction. You will control its indulgences and excesses. You will not allow it to drag you into shame. You will ensure that your body does only what you want it to do. Naturally your body loves to be indulged and pampered. But you need to be hard on it in order for it to allow you attain excellence in life.
Discipline helps us discern right from wrong.
Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside.
It helps to choose and focus only on what is right. It makes you do what is right even when you don’t feel like it. That’s what it means to be disciplined. But when you are without discipline, your life is without hope. And this is what The Proverbs said, “Anyone who does not have control over his own spirit, he’s like a city broken down without walls. It is defenseless, unguarded, unprotected, unsecured and open to easy attack of the enemy.
Now the question is, “what are the things that are ruling over you?” To what extent do you act and decide on what is right even when it is not convenient for you? How have you been leading yourself even when no one watches you? How often do you say ‘No’ to people who bring suggestions about things that look nice but unprofitable? Are you consistent in doing what is right? The expected response to all these questions should be positive if you are practicing the law of discipline.
Don’t forget that whatever rules over you automatically has control over you. But whatever you rule over is under your control. So it’s time to begin to rule over what has been ruling over you. When you practice self discipline, you have already positioned yourself to win. You have set yourself to become an honourable person.
KEEP GROWING IN GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE