Hebrews 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Who enjoys spending only a small fraction of their hard earned money just to save the rest? Who enjoys spending hours at work and when resting makes the body feel good? Who simply wakes up to pray? Sleep is good. Or who decides to fast intermittently when the pleasures of good food abound?
Who wants to say a kind word when vicious options are available? In one simple sentence, who relishes in enduring discomfort when comfort is within their reach?
The answer to this lies in one word ‘discipline‘- doing what you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you feel like it or not. That is what makes discipline at the time, painful because one has to go out of their way to build the trait.
However, like a seed, once it sprouts and establishes root, it produces a harvest that is difficult to beat. People who live a life of discipline attain feats difficult to match because they understand that life cannot be left to chance. They appreciate what it means to have and respect systems when they are put in place.
The fruits of discipline are however for “later”, so don’t panic when results are not imminent. If you stay at it, the harvest will eventually emerge.
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