Discipline is a great tool to be used but a terrible master. Unfortunately, many people have made discipline a Goal rather than understanding that discipline is simply a Tool use to accomplish a Goal.  When we make discipline the goal, than we lose hope when we just can’t do any more. When we realize that discipline is just a tool, though, we are able to add it to the other resources that we have to truly be successful.  Make no mistake, discipline is essential if you want to accomplish the important things in life. Talent without discipline leads to failure. But discipline is just one of the things that must be present if we are going to find the success that we were created to have.  Discipline must be used in conjunction with three other resources for success:

  1. A clear vision of the goal. Discipline without a clear goal just leads to a lot of motion without meaningful accomplishment.
  2. Coaching and Mentoring. Discipline alone will only make us as good as we are capable of becoming on our own. A coach or mentor takes us beyond our own limitations of knowledge or talent and makes us better than we would be otherwise.
  3. A clear understanding that it is God who gets to determine the destination. Not all of us were created to accomplish the same thing and it is God who gets to set the direction of our lives. Add discipline, a clear vision and help from mentors to a God ordained direction and you can not be stopped.

Discipline is a terrible goal but a powerful resource when understood correctly. Be disciplined so that you can accomplish all that God created you to accomplish.

Watch “The goal of discipline” at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjMS_KvsjZw

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Jeremy Stalnecker is the Executive Director of the Mighty Oaks Foundation which is dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their families who are suffering from the unseen wounds of combat. While growing up Jeremy’s only goal was to leave home and join the Marine Corps. This dream was finally realized with an active duty commission in 1999 which opened the door to serve as a Marine Infantry Officer during the opening days of the war in Iraq. One month after returning from Iraq, Jeremy entered full-time ministry and eventually accepted a senior pastor role. He later accepted a full-time position with the Mighty Oaks Foundation which brought together his ministry and military experience in a way that allows him to minister to hurting veterans, service members and their families. Along with his wife and their four children, Jeremy works to reach the hurting and provide healing found in Christ.

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