The word for me in 2014, will be – discipline. That word has been at the forefront of my mind as I have been reflecting on the past year and looking forward to 2014.
One of the definitions the Merriam-Webster dictionary has for discipline is: control gained by enforcing obedience or order; orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior; self-control.
When I think of someone being disciplined, I think of them being self-controlled. Being self-controlled has not been one of my greatest qualities. As I think ahead towards 2014, I want to work on being disciplined in various areas of my life. I list them here in a effort to hold myself accountable to this process.
In 2014, I resolve to be more disciplined in the following:
Spending time praying to God must be of first priority for me. Right now, its not. I pray, but it is very sporadic and usually very focused on me and things I want with very little praise or petitioning for others. Without prayer the remaining areas of my life that I desire to be disciplined in will be fruitless and lack direction.
The study of God’s word really goes hand-in-hand with prayer. One of the ways God speaks to us is through his Word. Being faithful in my prayer and reading/studying of the Bible will allow me to grow closer to God and will mold my heart to embrace God’s will.
I have spent the majority of my adult life in debt. At the end of 2010, I was able to finally get out of debt and start saving money. In 2012, I had to exhaust my savings because of poor financial planning by me. I never want to be in a place where I don’t have money because of my lack of discipline with it.
In 2011, I began living a healthier life. I started eating better and became disciplined in cardio exercises. The one area I want to really focus on this year is building muscle strength. This has been one of the hardest areas for me to stay consistent in.
For the past 15 years I have had a desire within me to write. I have started blog after blog with hopes of writing. However, I always seem to get paralyzed and never stick with it. This is the year I will make it a priority. I have a lot to share about a lot of different topics.
My desire to be more disciplined in reading is two-fold. First, reading allows me to grow in knowledge in just about anything I desire. Secondly, because I want to write more and write well when I do. When asked how a person could be a better writer, Williams Faulkner said, “Read, read, read.”
Over the next week, I will expound on each of these areas and give more insight into how I plan on gaining more discipline in these areas.