Embrace the Suck

by | Oct 1, 2021 | Vital Men Devotions

Hebrews 12:11 For the moment, all discipline seems not to be pleasant, but painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. 

“You’re nothing without discipline, ‘cuz you give up under the slightest struggle without discipline.  Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but do it like you love it.”  Mike Tyson

This quote comes from an interview that Mike Tyson gave Joe Rogan.  It was a video clip I came across on facebook.  I’ve watched it several times and it really brought me to thought and introspection.  I picture young Mike Tyson in the gym, jumping rope, hitting the bag, sweating, panting, thinking, “this is hard, I’m so tired, I hate this… but I’m going to embrace it.  I love it!”  It also led me to God’s word and what He has to say on the matter.  Rather shockingly, I’d say God and Mike are in agreement on this point. 

I’ve thought about what discipline looks like in my life.  The conclusion I came to is, the areas where I lack an appropriate amount of discipline are in regards to the things I do not particularly enjoy doing.  At the end of the day, I need to ask myself, “am I where I want to be as this day draws to a close?  Did I accomplish what I should have?”  If the answer is no, “was it due to a lack of discipline?”  I am also realizing that there are areas in which I need to be focused and disciplined and in doing so facets of my life and the impact my life would have on others would be magnified.  Read that again.

What can you say about discipline in regards to your day to day life?  What impacts has your exercise of discipline, or lack thereof, had on your life and others?  Are there areas in your life where you have not been as successful, righteous, or accomplished as you know you should or would like to be due to a lack of discipline or effort?  What effect would the intentional application of discipline have on your witness?  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy       

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