Driven

Friday nights at a Christian Colleges can be interesting. There are two types of activities people embrace when the weekend hits. The first person is a social butterfly. They go hang out with friends leaving homework in the dust. Sunday will come soon enough. It’s time to relax, go to sporting events, laugh, and joke around.  Everything can wait. The other character can be found nestled in a library or dorm room meticulously doing homework or working on a project that “needs finished”. They are trying to get ahead of the game. They want to work. It fuels something driving them within.

Question: What do you do on a Friday night?

While I love people with all my heart and I enjoy their company immensely, if there’s an unfinished agenda on the table that needs completed, I find the time to get it done. This is a sacrificial act. There are times when people are out on the town, embracing fun filled festivities, or even sleeping, while I find myself locked in concentration. At the time it’s brutal to know other people are out having a good time, but in the long run I know that a good time is better when the work is done first.

As my father said, “Work in the beginning, play when it’s over.”

It doesn’t matter what type of personality God gave you, everyone who wants to succeed. The fact of the matter is some want it more than others. Personal development comes in the form of discipline. This discipline starts slowly. When the time put into development increases, a leader immerges. Michael Andrew once said, “the person who consistently stays one step ahead of the issue… demonstrates leadership”.

I don’t waste my life on meaningless endeavors. Getting a virtual character to a imaginary level in a video games that bears no spiritual or eternal significance is pointless. Reading a meaningless book or magazine has never been appealing. My mind is focused on learning what matters and that has come with striving to be disciplined. The goal has always been to take who I am and turn it into who I can be. While there is time to rest and enjoy, the time learning and developing makes us into the people we can become.

It’s amazing to think about what God would find meaningless in our world…

Paul stated that he disciplined his body and kept it under control, so he would not find himself disqualified.  (1 Corinthians 9:27) Paul would not let his body master him. He denied himself rightful privileges and pleasures (1 Corinthians 8:9) for a greater good (1 Corinthians 10:33).

What about you? Are you spending your life simply enjoying what life has to offer? Do you find yourself frustrated because you constantly give into what the world has to offer? God’s yoke may be easy but it takes discipline to truly unlock the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit.

Like Paul we must to be concerned with continuance of running the Christian race well, learning whatever we can along the way. There is nothing worse than a wasted mind. We must be disciplined to do exactly the opposite of what the world does to find ourselves in line with God’s Word.

What would you rather be, ahead with what the world has to offer or one step closer to accessing the kingdom of God.  To walk with the Lord may means that you have to take a Friday night away once and awhile but don’t worry, the joy comes in the morning!

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, whether you like it or not.” Thomas Henry Huxley

Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.” Deuteronomy 8:5

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