I came across two quotes this week that have stuck with me since reading them:
The first was attributed to Abraham Lincoln and said Discipline is just choosing between what you want NOW and what you want MOST.
And then, attributed to Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do”, which implies that success or achievement of goals is not something you can achieve in one day or a week. It is something that comes with continuous focus and work.
So why did these two quotes stick with me? Well, they beg the question of what do I want most and do my daily actions, routines and schedule support those goals and dreams?
Now, being the slightly neurotic person that I am, I can get lost in this tangle of self-examination and reflection. I can spiral into thinking I have no idea of what I want most and therefore must be wandering aimlessly through life etc. I’m hoping some of you can relate :)
So as I have reflected on these quotes, I am reminded of what I do know…I have been created for a specific work here on earth, primarily to reflect God’s Glory and to share the gospel. I have been given spiritual gifts to do said works. I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that allows me to approach the throne in prayer. Lastly, I have a great time management app (lol) that I use to track all of my goals and tasks to keep me on track. In conjunction with prayer, I spend time each day reviewing how I need to spend my time, energy and focus.
Now, instead of deep pondering and mental spiraling out of control I can keep it simple and remember that a cookie today makes a bad swimsuit day tomorrow!
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Godspeed – DM+