My morning devotion spoke so poignantly about discipline in our lives and I was reminded of this quote by Jim Rohn. ”At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. (Heb 12:11)
St. Ignatius reminds us that discouragement is never from God because it clouds faith and hope. God’s love does not deal in punishment as human vengeance does. God’s love disciplines us in order to free and purify us—sometimes a painful process—so that we may not die but live in Christ
We’re called to be saints, and through discipline, we are molded to be who we are called to be. For me that looks like waking up early to pray, exercise, read and reflect gratefully on the day to come. I have noticed such a difference in my attitude and my dealings with my children, especially in those early, often cranky mornings. I have more patience, more gratitude and a more positive outlook.
Do I like doing this, not really, I’d much rather stay in my warm, comfy bed when my alarm buzzes. But I know that the little suffering that I have to endure is much better than the pain of regret. Regret for not being the intentional and loving mother I want to be, or the conscientious wife, or the appreciative daughter. Regret for days past when I was too tired to play with my kids or too negative to enjoy their silliness.
I’ll choose the little inconvenience now, the little annoyances today, trying, with God’s grace, to do His will for me and for my family, instead of the compounded ones in the future. What about you?
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