A friend and I have had several conversations about self discipline lately. It’s convicting because I am lazy. Really lazy. I have been better lately at keeping my house picked up and semi-clean. That has been nice because now when we get a phone call that someone wants to look at the house I just have to dust and vacuum instead of put away everything that we own AND clean every nook and cranny. (By the way, someone is coming to look at 3:30 today!)
But the mornings is when I am really bad! I hate getting out of bed – sometimes I just lay in bed after getting Will out of bed and let him play in the living room while drinking his milk. I am a bad mother! I am also bad at disciplining my body – food and exercise. But lately I have been cooking more at home and am really enjoying it. (Note: We never ate out a lot but I didn’t cook good things at home either. We had Shake N Bake every week! Don’t get me wrong I like Shake N Bake chicken but not every week!) I also got a new exercise DVD that I really enjoyed the first day. I was too sore to do Day 2 yesterday but am going to tackle it today.
So, am I just beating myself up about being a “better person” or is there something more profound about self-discipline. I believe there is something profound and spiritual to being self-disciplined. One, we are examples to our children. Especially examples of Christ likeness. Scary! Also, as my friend pointed out, self control is one of the fruits of the Spirit. And self control is not just NOT doing things you shouldn’t do but also DOING things you should do.
Christ has not set an example to His children of laziness and self indulgence – and neither should we. Convicting.
I guess I won’t make Will fold the laundry anymore. He is not very good at it – the clothes always look really wrinkled!