Why am I Running Anyways?
Reason #6 – ‘More on Discipline’

As the mileage started to add up through continued training, I kept thinking and praying about this topic of discipline.  As I studied the Word, God began to reveal to me that it really isn’t even my discipline.  Could it really be that He is teaching me to walk in His discipline?

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

Yup, there it was; God has given me self-discipline.  I’ve heard that verse thousands of times, but most of them translated ‘sound mind’ and I’ve always wondered what in the world that really meant.  A different translation made all the difference.  A few days later, I awoke in the night with chapter 3 of Lamentations on my mind.  The weird part is that I can’t say that it’s an area of the Bible I can even say I knew much about.  As I started reading, I thought to myself ‘This is dark and bleak, why would God wake me to read this?’.  But then hope is introduced…

Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline:

Lametations 3:21-27

And there it was again…. His discipline.  Clearly God was trying to teach me about what bringing His discipline into my life needed to look like.

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