In today’s world, an emphasis is put on participation awards and on “warm and fuzzy” feelings for everyone.
People who can’t handle the least bit of toughness are called “snowflakes” because they melt down easily.
Recently, a college professor was fired because the students said that he was too hard on them.
I’ve viewed a fair share of awards ceremonies, of all kinds, and I have yet to see anyone say, “I want to thank fill in the name; or….I stand here today successful because he/she taught me to be “again, fill in the blank with some undisciplined form of behavior”.
Undisciplined behavior? No, that never happens. It is always discipline that wins the day.
Always, if any credit is given, it is to the person who aided another in becoming more disciplined, more virtuous, taught them to work harder, strive better, develop their talents more. Credit goes to hard work, not to wasting.
Jesus calls people to be disciples. Disciples comes from the same root word as discipline. It can also mean a learner, but if it means learning only, without doing, it falls short.
I can learn how to work gym equipment, but if I don’t actually develop a habit of going to the gym and using the equipment, knowledge alone won’t do me any good.
I can learn how to plant a garden, but if I don’t actually do the work to prepare the soil and plant and weed and take care of the garden, the knowledge won’t produce fruit.
Jesus put an emphasis on doing.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
One of the disciplines is lifestyle. One reason people struggle in life is that they don’t order their lifestyle according to the Word of God.
God’s Word explains how the universe is ordered. When we walk in those ways, life is easier.
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
In today’s world, there is so much that is out of harmony with the Word of God that it takes ongoing personal Bible study, prayer, group Bible study, going to church, and ongoing growth to continue to change to conform our ways and words to the ways of God.
One of the things that is a problem today, that was probably not a problem at the time of the Patriarchs, is that the food is so degraded that it affects energy levels. Abraham probably didn’t have to study about “healthy lifestyles” as living a pastoral life close to nature, the food and water was wholesome. The term probably didn’t exist at that time. Eating God’s food from nature was a “healthy lifestyle”.
Moses started his ministry at 80 and ended at 120. He was walking in the wilderness for 40 years. And have you ever thought about him carrying those stones with the inscribed commandments? He couldn’t have been out of shape. Actually, he did it twice as he smashed the first ones in anger, so the labor was twice as long. More could be said as well.
In addition to everything else, it is no longer an option to ignore lifestyles. And, not only do we have to learn to eat correctly, food is often grown on denatured soil, so it doesn’t contain the full nutrition that is needed.
Men have to be aware of the problems of low-T which will keep them from being the guardians and protectors of the home, the family, and nation.
Women have to know how to have a healthy lifestyle to have healthy babies.
People need energy to work, to do, to accomplish the purposes God has for them.
These kinds of studies are no longer optional.
When you find good information, you need to save it, as the censorship is becoming greater and the article you can easily find today, you may not be able to find tomorrow in the search engine.
Because of censorship, because of the cancel culture, I am not going to expand on this topic, except to say that it is very important.
It is connected with the question of discipleship. If you want the energy to get up and do what the Lord directs you to do, you need be be healthy and energetic. For your children to learn effectively, they need the right fuel in their bodies.
Ignorance is not bliss.
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