I've always been pretty lazy. But since the beginning of this year, I've learned a lot about how not to be.
I've never been as busy as I was this past semester. Going to school full time with 17 hours of classes, plus almost the homework from those classes, plus spending time with my wife, plus working on my blog, plus working about 25-30 hours a week was a little overwhelming.
But it taught me something. It taught me discipline... The problem was that I took it a little too far.
I tend to be a perfectionist. I hate it when I don't do something right. I beat myself up about it all the time. And that's what I did with my discipline. Because I knew I had to get so much done, if I wasted any time at all, I felt guilty. What I learned, was that while I did need to be disciplined, I also needed grace.
What I needed was graceful discipline. I needed to work like crazy - making the most of every opportunity. But I also needed to be full of grace - knowing that Christ took the punishment for me, so I don't have to punish myself.
So now, I'm still working on being disciplined, but discipline that starts, and ends, with grace.
Question to think about and discuss.
Do you struggle more with discipline or with grace? And what are you doing about it?