I have lived most of my life in places with a strong military presence. Growing up, we visited the Air Force Academy with lots of out of town company and would tour the visitors center learning what life was like for those who lived there. We'd see cadets out training and walking in formation and I'd wonder what life was really like for those who chose that walk. We could gain a lot from thinking about the disciplines of the military in thinking of our training in discipline.
Serving our country requires everything that a man or woman can give. It is physically and mentally challenging, and requires great training and discipline.
When I think of a young recruit just beginning the military journey - my mind immediately thinks "Boot Camp" - an intense training program designed to help create a disciplined member of this country's military. One who will follow directions, be dedicated and hard working, take orders and be committed to what they have signed up for not just for the short term but for the long haul.
These training exercises are overseen by Drill Instructors (a job I would never want and one that seems taxing to the very extreme) who ensure that those under them are trained properly and will contribute to the overall good of those they will be serving with.
Carrying this analogy on just a bit more - it is though I am in spiritual boot camp with God as my drill instructor. He is the one who has laid this burden on my heart and shown me the things that need to change - now He is the one who will carry it on to His desired goal.
Philippians 1:6, "... being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."I have responsibilities to carry out as He shows me what to do and how to follow. But, the leadership is His. Attempting to take this on myself completely would simply be setting myself up for failure.
Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength."Lord,
Thank You for showing me my weaknesses in the area of discipline. Please oversee every step of realizing I need to grow in this area. I want to be in your army and be a true and pure witness for You. Boot camp does not sound easy or really even fun - but thank You for giving me the strength to do it and the desire to be made more holy.
It is in Your Name I pray and for Your glory,