Yesterday morning I came across this scripture in my devotion, Proverbs 12:1 "Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid."
At first I laughed because of how the translation, the NIV, is so plain spoken. Next as I pondered on this verse it grew more and more clear.
Proverbs is one of those books that seems to have an answer to all problems. This is especially true when it comes to making right decisions. The theme is wisdom, not just knowledge of a subject but application. This is what true wisdom is.
When I read the word discipline my mind automatically went to punishment. I think this does an injustice to the word. Discipline is more than punishment but it is giving up something to get a better behavior. It may means sacrificing something that is good for what is best.
Discipline does not have to have a negative con-nation about it. Actually if used correctly it is very positive. This could include disciplining a child to get the best behavior or disciplining ourselves to do the best thing.
Goals often times are things we leave on paper hoping to see them accomplished. We become distracted by the "same ole" life and never start moving toward the accomplishment of our goals. We have great ideas but don't have the discipline to accomplish them.
The final quote that I found is "discipline NOT desire determines your destiny." This is so true. If what we desire could become reality just but desiring them we would see so much more accomplished.
James reminds us in James 1:22 "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. "
So then next time someone mentions discipline think positive and know that it is what causes us to chose the "greater good".
So what do you think?