Is anyone else as excited for 2018 as I am???
Last week I was having a conversation with a patient and we both agreed that we are fully present in 2018. There have been no mistakes when writing the date. No weird 7’s that have been morphed into 8’s. No feeling like 2017 is still coming to a close. And no need to ease in to the New Year and get warmed up. I’m here and ready to go. Guns a blazin’. 2018 and I have become best friends and 2017 is nothing but a memory.
With this New Year has come New Year’s resolutions and with these resolutions, I’ve realized that 2018 will also be coming with a word.
That word is discipline.
To be honest, I secretly wished that I could’ve had a sexier and/or more romantic word for the year. I could rattle off 10-15 words off the top of my head that are sexier than discipline. But no, for my 2018, discipline will reign supreme.
Because dreams and goals require it. Because talent, intelligence, natural skill, etc. aren’t enough and even if they were, why would one rest on natural gifts and not develop them to one’s very best abilities.
I think about the fruits of the Spirit and what it means to live a “fruitful” life. Galatians 5:22-23 reads like this:
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”
As I focus on discipline, I think about the fruit of self-control. Sometimes we think about self-control in terms of resisting temptation. Saying “no” to sin or things that are considered “bad.” But real self-control is also resisting things that are ok and maybe even good in order to make room for things that are great. Real self-control is creating space in our lives for what God wants to bring in to them.
So here’s to 2018! Here’s to discipline. And here’s to great things. Not good. Not ok. Not average. Great!