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My Love/Hate Relationship With Discipline

My Love/Hate Relationship With Discipline


It’s a concept I have a love/hate relationship with, for sure. I know the value of it and when I am pursuing it my life is so much better. More streamlined. More vibrant. More productive.

But it’s always been a struggle for me. Always.

I’m better know than I have ever been, but it’s still something that takes great work. And I find myself wishing that it was something that came more naturally to me.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what holistic discipline looks like in our lives, and what it takes to have each of these areas working as they should.

I need discipline in my relationships and in my leadership.
I need to be disciplined as it pertains to my spiritual growth (sort of the traditional understanding of spiritual disciplines).
I need to be disciplined physically, in how I sleep, how I exercise, and how I eat.
I need to be discipline in my personal holiness (striving for a Christ-like character in my daily interactions).
And I need to be disciplined in my work.

It takes intentionality. It takes commitment. And (unfortunately) it takes discipline to be disciplined.
But, in what I believe is another one of the great paradoxes in Christianity, l believe life is actually more free, more vibrant, and more fulfilling when we are disciplined.

So, I’ll keep struggling away. It’s always going to be a struggle for me, I guess, but I know growth occurs in this tension. And the alternative is simply not an option.

  • Do you struggle with discipline?

  • What areas are you stronger in than others?

  • And what do you do that helps you STAY disciplined?

About The Author

Andy Blanks

Andy Blanks

Andy Blanks is the co-founder and Publisher for ym360. If it's a blog post, resource, or workshop, Andy had his hands on it. Andy has been designing Bible study and discipleship resources for youth ministers since 2003. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wonderful wife Brendt, their three daughters, and one son. He's a pretty big fan of both the Boston Red Sox and anything involving the Auburn Tigers. When he's not hanging out with his family or volunteering at his church's youth ministry, you can find Andy trail running or mountain biking. Follow Andy on Instagram: andy_blanks