I’ve been reading a lot about getting disciplined, getting organized, and setting goals. Each day is a gift from God, so I don’t want to waste a minute of any day. I ask myself this question every night. Did I live a well spent day? Some days I answer yes, absolutely and other days I have to question how I spent my time. Ephesians 5:15-17 says “Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.” If you are going to reach your potential you need to be an on purpose person.
I recently joined a gym and got myself a personal trainer, and I am changing the way my family eats and plays. I have been very dedicated for 2 weeks now. Some of you might think well that is not a very long time, but it is a step in the right direction. That is what it takes to make a huge, lasting change in your life. Sometimes that first step is the hardest. Now at night instead of watching TV as a family we go out to the tennis court and play. I am teaching my kids to play tennis. Who would have thought? I loved playing tennis throughout high school and college, and I don’t know why I ever stopped. We have had the best time playing together, and I get to teach my kids something that I always loved. It has been wonderful.
Another part of being disciplined is making sure you are keeping friends with those who are encouraging to you. Proverbs 13:20 says “Walk with the wise and become wise for a companion of fools suffers harm.” We need to be careful of who we hang around, for often times the friends we hang around can become a distraction and pull us off course. We need to befriend people that are going places and that bring joy and encouragement to our lives. Sometimes that means giving up friends that do not fulfill this in our lives. It may be hard but “you’ll never give up something for God that he won’t give you back something better in return.”
So I encourage you, if you have been waiting to get disciplined, now is the time. It is never too late. Whether it is getting in shape, eating better, getting rid of toxic relationships, really anything you have been struggling with, the time is now. Don’t waste another day. Paul says “Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” Run with purpose in every step that you take.