Discipline, not desire, determines our success. Faith is crucial to our wellness, in fact faith matters when it comes to all areas of our lives. None of us are perfect but what we want to strive for is that sincere connection with God. I was reminded of this last Friday morning when I was chatting with a good friend in a meeting. I brought up being angry at someone who I felt had done something hurtful. My friend reminded me that this person is only human and I should forgive him.
I bring this up because it certainly reminded me that I, as most people, have weaknesses such as moments of unforgiveness. This weekend I thought about how far I have come and how great it is to have such a strong connection to God. What I also thought about however is that it is very difficult for people to achieve a strong connection to God without recognizing their encumbrances. The encumbrances that we have hinder our lives and will certainly hinder our connection to God. Just as my friend on Friday morning pointed out that I should forgive quickly, I suggest to all of you, recognize what your encumbrances are. I advise you to spend some alone time and determine what any of them might be.
Some people suffer with low self-esteem, anger and bitterness, lack of forgiveness, jealousy, fear and anxiety; obviously I can go on and on, there are emotional issues or scars that plague all of us. They can stem from many, many things; such as a parent telling you that you are not good enough, a sibling hurting your feelings, a teacher telling you that you won’t amount to much and on and on and on.
If we wanted to, I suppose we could all find many reasons to be emotionally crippled, but I suggest that you spend some time by yourself, determine what your issues are, admit them, recognize them and then ask God to help you set them aside. With the strength of God, believe me you can. Without His strength you will be tied to these encumbrances for the rest of your life. We all have them, some of us more than others. I can honestly tell you however, when you recognize what they are and where they come from and put them aside forever, the path to success in all areas of your life will be clear. This is how discipline instead of desire gets you there.