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Be disciplined

25 January 2024 ‘Do not neglect the gift that is in you.’ 1 Timothy 4:14 NKJV

The only way to keep improving is to keep practising. Nancy Dornan says, ‘The longest distance between two points is a shortcut.’ That’s really true. If you really want to grow in a particular area, you’ll need to work out what it will really take, including the price, and then determine to pay it. David didn’t suddenly discover his talent as a harpist when he arrived at King Saul’s palace. He developed it through years of practice on lonely hillsides while tending his father’s sheep. Paul instructed Timothy: ‘Till I come, give attention to reading…Do not neglect the gift that is in you…Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all’ (vv. 13-15 NKJV). When you stop growing, everything stops. Progress, success, and growth don’t happen by soaking them up by chance, they take determination and discipline. There’s no easy way to become a disciplined person. The reason last year’s winner was this year’s runner-up is because one was willing to go the extra mile when it came to practice and discipline, and the other wasn’t. Anyone who does what they must do only when they’re in the mood or when it’s convenient will get left behind. Improvement comes through discipline. A disciplined person doesn’t make excuses or accept excuses; they eliminate excuses. As French classical writer François de La Rochefoucauld said, ‘Almost all our faults are more pardonable than the methods we think up to hide them.’ If you have several reasons why you can’t be disciplined, realise they’re just a bunch of excuses – all of which need to be challenged if you want to succeed in what God’s called you to do.


Armed for spiritual warfare (2) Saturday 24 February
Armed for spiritual warfare (1) Friday 23 February
Don’t doubt God Thursday 22 February
Hypocrisy Wednesday 21 February
The ‘most important’ thing Tuesday 20 February
The breaking process (3) Monday 19 February
The breaking process (2) Sunday 18 February

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