Mostly my own thoughts on Self Discipline sparked by Change Your Habits.
This image from Fearless Motivation on Facebook (I recommend following them) hit me in the face. In most of my life self discipline is my downfall. I seem to be able to do big things when I have to but it's being faithful in the small daily things that end up overwhelming me because they add up or become individually bigger until their those big things I end up doing. I get so frustrating with myself! That is, I think, is really what the underlying goal of Change Your Habits. Right? If I change my thinking, I change my habits including those small things.
"They" say you have to hit rock bottom before you will make a change, Danna indicates in her book "many of us exist just above the bottom, never in enough pain to force change, yet still wallowing in frustration and discontentment." Yep, another hit in the face.
As a believer, I want to always go to God's Word to find my grounding.
Romans 7: 18-21 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
Certainly the procrastination and putting of the little things is a sin. We don't always think about them in those terms but it is. For any of those little things that affect anyone around us is is a lack of loving our neighbor. Proverbs have several admonishments against sloth (idleness) and 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 says, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living”. It also falls under gluttony. Gluttony isn't just eating too much, though it is that but it's also lack of moderation/balance. This could apply to our time: spending time on Social media or watching tv but not doing those things we should do like cleaning, eating out, cooking healthy food instead of opening a box or a can.
1 Corinthians 10: 23-24, 31. “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor... So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Therefore, changing my mind means keeping in mind I need to honor God in the process.
Self Discipline is an interesting thing because to have self discipline you must employ self discipline. Seems very circular, huh? I recently heard on the Podcast Sheologians (again, highly recommend) the advice that if there's something that needs to change in your life that you continue to struggle with for a long time that you may need to be honest when you pray. Along the lines of "Lord, I know I need to be self disciplined. I know you call us to be disciplined in Your Word, but Lord. I'm not going to do it. I need You through the Holy Spirit to Change me." Now I know, I'm not void of responsibility but if God requires us to do something He will also enable us. He will help us change. That includes changing our minds so we can change our habits and that changes our lives.