We need to be disciplined

Published 7:07 am Saturday, February 3, 2018

By Demetrius Moffett

Life is truly amazing. One of the joys in life is to be able to talk about parenting with your child who is now a parent. In speaking with my daughter, I she blessed my life and helped me to look at some areas in my life and to get refocused. After our children get to be a certain age we can no longer raise them, all we can do is give advice and direction. We were discussing discipline and in the mist of the conversation we have come to realize that there are parents who have lost the discipline of parenting by taking discipline out of parenting. For who the Lord loves He chastises or discipline. Merriam-Webster give the definition of discipline as to punish or penalize for the sake of enforcing obedience and perfecting moral character. The other definition is to train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control. These two forms of discipline are vital to our growth and development. One affects the other. A healthy parent will impose discipline to develop disciplines that will help their child to exercise discipline in their adult life so they won’t have to experience discipline. There are very few parents if any who can teach their children something that they don’t possess. Here we are the first Saturday in February and for some, we have failed at holding to the goals we set for us simply because we didn’t exercise discipline in our process of success. We struggle with weight loss for lack of discipline. We struggle with money management because we don’t exercise discipline. If we took an honest look at our areas of struggle, I believe we would find that our exercising of discipline is weak or non-existing. I believe part of this problem is we don’t want to pay the cost to exercise and incorporate discipline into our lifestyle. We want the reward that comes from discipline without the implementation of the regiment of discipline. This mindset comes from the thought process of feeling entitled. When there’s the sense or mindset of entitlement the discipline of development will start to deteriorate or become dormant. When this happens the only thing that will resurrect dormant discipline is dynamic discipline. No matter how big or how small the task in our life. Our success will be determined by the discipline associated with us. Love it or hate it, we need to be disciplined.