We’ve all known the person who displays almost zero motivation and commitment either in their private life or place of employment (or both). While they may be motivated to work on fun things or play on their phone all day, they run from priorities like a gazelle fleeing from a hungry lion.
Most people assume these individuals lack a good work ethic but what they really lack is self-discipline. Unfortunately, the notion of this is lost in today’s society as carefree living is more important. After all, if it feels good, do it. Right?
Self-discipline and self-control are fairly similar in that they entail the ability to regulate oneself according to sound wisdom and judgment rather than giving in to societal trends and emotional impulses. When we’re led by self-discipline, we become more productive and avoid the pitfalls in life.
One of the main problems with having no self-discipline is the individual never reaches their full potential in life. Drug abuse, laziness and overeating are a few byproducts of not having proper discipline. It could also be argued that because of our undisciplined material impulses, debt has substantially increased in this country.
When a lack of self-discipline and self-control are allowed to continue, it becomes difficult for a person to embark on a more challenging and rewarding path in life.
Though it can be initially hard, developing self-discipline is far from impossible. Even applying this character trait in small things can yield positive results later down the road. This is why it’s so crucial to instill this in our children at an early age.
Self-discipline is a foundation stone on which to build character. A strong work ethic, motivation and integrity are just some of the things that rest on it.
Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
Proverbs 16:32 (ESV)
“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
Proverbs 25:28 (ESV)
“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”
Hebrews 12:11 (ESV)
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”