Friday September 7, 2018

by colinscanvas

1 Peter 1:13-14

13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.

In poker the cards are shuffled and dealt at the beginning of the game. Each player has two cards. Only they know their cards. The first person makes there bet and so on until one person comes out victorious. You never know how the cards will be dealt or what hand you will get. You could get a five of spades and a two of hearts or pocket aces. The idea of the game is you control your hand and no one else.

Life can emulate this at times. We are all dealt a hand. Some of us are intelligent beyond belief. Others have the artistic ability of Picasso. Some are gifted incredible athletic ability. How we play it is the question. Discipline and trust are essential in order to succeed.

Discipline is something I learned at a young age, but developed once I graduated college. Once you are on your own without accountability it is easy to lose self-control. It’s on you to find a job, pay the bills, work out, make food, etc. I found out I had minimal discipline once on my own. I began to rely on myself a lot and neglect a lot of important habits I once had.

It eventually caught up to me and I have since learned about self-discipline in new ways. I have come to see when I stray away from Jesus I begin to lose self-control. When I am near to Jesus, He helps me along the way. He shows me the path to walk and when I obey it pays dividends. Play the cards you are dealt, walk in self control and discipline, and Jesus will reward you.

What can I be more disciplined at in my life?

Do I need someone to hold me accountable?

Dear Lord, thank you for your wisdom and kindness. May we walk a disciplined life knowing you are in control of it all. Amen.

Have a great weekend!

C. Lyman

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