Activate: For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. I Tim 4:8
Elevate: I’m just going to say it. I don’t like working out. For the last couple of years I’ve been waking up early to work out. Every time that alarm goes off I am never like “Yes, I get to work out again!” Not only that, but there are countless excuses that start to flood my mind. It’s too hot, too cold, too wet, I’m too tired, I have too much to do, I need more sleep and on and on. It’s in that moment the struggle begins and doesn’t stop. It’s there when I get in the car. It’s there when I walk in the gym and continues through my work out. My thoughts try to convince me to do less and quit early. My point in all of this is in order to do anything, you will have to focus on the benefits or you will quit.
Paul is writing to Timothy about the importance of living a godly life. He is teaching us that there are benefits in this world and the next “If” we live by His spirit. To grow this year there will be struggle, but it is worth it. It’s worth it to transform your mind and allow His spirit to lead you. Having a life of discipline will cause you to see growth in all areas.
Many love to start but few have the discipline to finish. Every day make the choice to say no to your flesh, excuses, and the easy way. Again, maturity doesn’t come with age alone. It takes a conscience decision. A life of discipline is how one overcomes the struggles of growth.
Cultivate: Let’s take inventory of how you’ve done over the last seventeen days. Pinpoint one area where you could be more disciplined? Now make the appropriate adjustments.