Day 41 – Learning discipline

I’m not good at focusing.

I’m easily distracted — as I write this, I have Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Bible Gateway (twice) and a WordPress tab open in my browser. I realize now that I’ve been this way for quite some time, always fluttering around between distractions and managing to skate by anyway, a fairly good student and worker.

But I’m not sure I’m okay with that anymore, with merely skating by. My heroes in the faith are the Apostle Paul and Martin Luther, two men not known for skating by on half-measures and minimal effort. Luther, after all, translated the entire Bible into a language that didn’t exist in a cohesive form (in a manner of speaking).

And Paul? Well, he said this in Colossians 3:23:

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

He doesn’t say, “work mildly” or “put in enough effort to get by.” No, the Apostle is telling us to apply ourselves and to realize that application serves the Lord, not the world. That, my friends, is humbling to me.

Then, Paul says this in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12:

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

So then, Adam: work harder. This isn’t to say I’m this lazy bum who doesn’t work, but rather I see I can do better, and I feel obligated to do so. Part of that is my increasing awareness of the example I can set as I slowly mature in Christ.

So, I don’t want to skate by or do just enough. I don’t want to be unprepared for weekly Bible study or save my homework for Sunday night. No, I want to push myself. It will suck and every inch of my sinful body will resist. But, I will try, and that’s the first step.

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