Have you heard about the two major pains in life? One weighs ounces and one weighs tons.
I have chosen the pain of discipline. The more it is practiced, the less the pain is felt.
For about ten years of my life after getting married, I worried all the time about my weight. The pain of regret of eating things that made my scales go up, began to weigh tons. In fact back in those years, I always began a new diet each Monday morning, and I never felt happy about reports my scales gave. I’m so very thankful things changed. God, who wants good things for each of His children, directed my steps in a direction that I began to learn and discover a little tip here and a little secret there. The pain of discipline began to get lighter and lighter.
You and I are a Spirit. We live in a body and we have a soul (mind, will, emotions, intellect, imagination.) I’ve mentioned this before, but it is just too important to miss.
God says His people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge. It was happening to me. I had no idea how the system worked. I allowed my body to tell me what I would eat and how much. I had given in so much to the “flesh” (body) that it had become like a spoiled brat demanding more and more and making it harder and harder for me to make good choices. This may have happened to you.
There is good news. God tells us in his owner’s manual that the flesh is to be mastered. It is to become our slave instead of our boss. This happens when we renew our mind to the wonderful promises in the manual and choose to let the mind and the Spirit come into agreement over the flesh. Two always win out over one. Before our mind is renewed, the flesh and the soul agree and the spirit man is overcome.
The more you and I practice being the “general” instead of the slave, the easier it becomes to endure that pain of discipline.
“Inches make a champion.” ~ Vince Lombardi
I’ll believe the unbelievable and I will receive the impossible. Let’s be like Alice in Wonderland who always imagined ten impossible things each morning.