Why is living with discipline important?
Let's think through some of the benefits of living with discipline and some of the consequences of living without it.
Just because I like to get the negative stuff out of the way - let's start with some consequences.
* an imbalance to our lives
* not pleasing to God
* does not set a good example
* living without discipline is not good for us or for those we love around us
* shows a lack of self-control
* brings chaos
How about some benefits of living with discipline:
* restores order
* brings balance
* when gone about in the right way can bring honor to God
* can set a good and positive example
* requires self-control
* brings peace
As with all things - if we take discipline to the extreme we have created many of the same problems as living without discipline. We've all heard the saying, "everything in moderation" ~ we must learn to live in a place of balance.
I love M&M's - too many of them is not a good thing anymore whereas a few here and there are enjoyable and not harmful.
Remember when you were young and there were certain things that were a really special treat for you to have or do? If someone were to give you as much of that thing or experience as they could it would not be special any more would it? This is what balance is like - enjoying but not overdoing, keeping the happy medium alive.
Ok, so some words that are jumping out at me so far are moderation and balance. What is jumping out to you? Any other thoughts on consequences and benefits of living with discipline?