Live a disciplined life
'For the Spirit... gives us... self-discipline...' 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
Living a disciplined life does three things for you: (1) It strengthens you on the inside! Discipline makes you strong. It provides you with shock absorbers for the potholes of life. It enlarges your ability to summon up courage when life gets tough. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow to a pagan king's statue even when threatened with a fiery furnace: '...the God whom we serve is able to save us...But even if he doesn't...we will never serve your gods...' (Daniel 3:17-18 NLT). All of their lives these guys had toughened themselves through discipline, in order to face such a testing moment.
(2) It brings your gifts to their highest level of effectiveness. 'How do you get to be number one?' is a question every wannabe sports star or musician asks. Answer: 'You practise, practise, practise.' David's first victory wasn't over Goliath. He had years of practise defending his sheep against wolves, a lion and a bear, to prepare him and give him the spirit and skills needed to take on the Philistine champion.
(3) It inspires others. Paul writes to Timothy, 'You...know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings...' (2 Timothy 3:10-11 NIV). Paul's greatest gift to Timothy was the example of a disciplined life. Now Timothy had a role model of excellent living. And there's no better gift!
So what now? One of the fruits of living in God is self-discipline. You actually have discipline in you to live a very meaningful life.
Soulfood: 2 Kings 6:8-20, Eph 1:15-23