Everyone who competes in the games
goes into strict training.
   —1 Corinthians 9:25

Self-discipline. Groan. Must I? Only if you want to win.

I don’t recall the testimony of any winner who didn’t include self-discipline as an ingredient that helped get them there.

  • No athlete wins without it.
  • No weight-loss program is maintained without it.
  • No body is kept fit without it.
  • No mind is sharpened without it.
  • No book is written without it.
  • No business succeeds without it.
  • No temptation is overcome without it.

Paul fought, finished, and kept. He came to the end of his journey, saying: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tm 4:7). Do you remember the verse which follows that one?

Talent is stillborn without self-discipline.


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