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"He must become greater; I must become less."

—John the Baptist (John 3:30)

Wanted to be up a bit earlier, but the discipline will have to be built. It is in the building of discipline that my lack of discipline shows. In an impulse so base and contradictory as to be idiotic, I want discipline now, immediately, so that I can simply and instantly be the kind of person who is disciplined and enjoy the benefits of a disciplined life. Beyond foolish.

Grace and righteousness have been instantly imparted to me in Christ, once and for all. But discipline is a thing which must be built stone by stone in each life once the Chief Cornerstone has been set. Discipline may involve a variety of things, but it is always, always intimately connected to patience.

Easily said...

Glad to be going back into the office today. Yesterday was refreshing. Leaning toward not going to any of the Pulpit Committee house meetings this week; I know what I need to and my presence doesn't have any clear benefits. I do hope others go, however, especially as we grieve and struggle to reach peace with the committee's decision. God is in this; it is important that we wrestle and do not let go until He blesses us— until we realize that He already has, that He is the one who will not let go.


I often tell God, "I want patience and I want it now."

With little effort I can think of a number of things I want NOW. At least I'm in good company. ;)
I totally find myself thinking the same things about discipline!

You remind me a bit of Tolstoy, although you obviously have more of a grip on grace than he did.
“The test of observance of Christ’s teachings is our consciousness of our failure to attain an ideal perfection. The degree to which we draw near this perfection cannot be seen; all we can see is the extent of our deviation.”
-Leo Tolstoy

Lately whenever I ask God what the right thing to do is, He responds by asking me what’s in my heart. He won’t show me what to do until He shows me why I should do it and I don’t think He accepts the action until it actually comes from my heart. Which I appreciate. He’s very patient.