Maintaining Daily Discipline (When You’re Not Feeling It)

Proverbs 24:30-34 (NLT) I walked by the field of a lazy person  the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

I love mornings! I know some of you read that and roll your eyes because you’re not a morning person. How about I even the score and let you know that some mornings are terrible.  Some mornings I lack motivation. I don’t want to do any of the things I normally do in order to be healthy. The things that help me grow and maintain spiritual, mental and emotional health. On such mornings there’s three things I try to remind myself of…

ONE: Life change happens through consistency.

Growth is not some rapid event in our lives. It happens slowly over time as we are consistent to do the things needed to grow. As we consistently study, pray, workout, invest in healthy relationships growth happens. Not immediately because growth is slow.

When I was a kid I tried to plant a plumb seed in my back yard. I was gonna grow me some plumbs and I Was excited. I watered and tried for several days to grow that seed into a beautiful plant. Nothing happened. So I gave up. Too often we give up because we can’t see the growth that is happening beneath the surface. Growth takes time and visible results don’t burst from the ground right away. It can take weeks, months and even years or faithfully and consistently choosing to do the the right things before you really see the fruit of your labor.

So when motivation is lacking remember that consistency is key and get started!

TWO: Movement changes your mindset . 

We don’t feel any motivation so many times we never get started. However, when we push through and get started, even if we a slow starting out something happens as we move. Our mindset begins to change. Many times I don’t feel like doing my morning jog. Admittedly, it’s more of a brisk walk, but lying to myself and. calling it a jog feels like I’m wokring harder. Some mornings are ROUGH and I start off SO slow and sluggish, but I’ve learned that a bad workout is better than no work out. 

On days like that I’ve found something interesting. I almost always finish faster than I started. My body kicks into gear as I move and even though I lacked the momentum to begin, I somehow find the momentum along the way and pick up speed. As we get started we learn that movement creates momentum. Don’t wait for the motivation or to feel it just get started because…

THREE: If you don’t start you’ll never finish.

This year several things happened that reminded me how much I enjoy creating content. I love the process of filming, editing and creating content that (hopefully) inspires people in their daily pursuit. When I started, I didn’t have a clearly defined focus. I actually thought I would just talk about movies and things that interested me and work in a little hope along the way. However, once I got started I quickly realized that my focus needed to be a little more than that and I leaned in. I didn’t have it all figured out, (and I still don’t) but I started anyway. If I hadn’t made that first video about movies then I never would have made the videos that followed, including the one below that inspired this blog.

Too often, we want to have it all figured out and know exactly how it will turn out before we take that first step. Unfortunately, that isn’t how life works. To get the results you want, it will require a lot of learning along the way and if you never start, you’ll never get to where you want to go.

Even if you don’t make it to the finish line today, you’ll be a lot farther along than if you never started.


Thanks for reading. This is the third video I made for my youtube channel. It is the first one I made after deciding I wanted to more clearly focus on motivating people in their daily pursuit, much like this blog. I hope this inspires you to continue digging in to the daily pursuit of Jesus as well as whatever goals your chasing after today.

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