Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
All disciplines affect each other. Mistakenly the man says, “This is the only area where I let down.” Not true. Every let down affects the rest. Not to think so is naive.
Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads to failure.
Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles.
The best time to set up a new discipline is when the idea is strong.
One discipline always leads to another discipline.
Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
You don’t have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next 3 years.
The least lack of discipline starts to erode our self-esteem.
Don’t Overstep Your Leadership
[Uzziah] sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper . . .But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God. 2 Chronicles 26:5, 16
The choices we make nearly always reflect our true character. Uzziah’s reign mirrored that of Asa, Josiah, and Amaziah – it began very strong and ended in disgrace. In the early years, Uzziah displayed strong, godly leadership skills. The Lord blessed him with military success. During this time, his inner circle included a godly spiritual counselor, Zechariah, who exerted significant influence for good. Uzziah sought after God, and the Lord prospered him.
As Uzziah’s kingdom and wealth increased, however, his priorities shifted to personal success rather than the things that delighted God’s heart. A raw desire for power consumed his soul, and the king intentionally stepped out of his God-ordained role. As a result, Uzziah left a legacy of disgrace. “He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.”
(2 Chronicles 26:21). A sad ending to a promising start.