What a ... delightful... word. And one I'm living right now.
The mini-marathon is 3 weeks away, and the training has reached the point that it's not fun. At all. I'm sorry, but there's nothing enjoyable about 8+ mile runs. Even 5 mile runs done 2-3 times a week aren't fun.
But if I'm going to survive the mini, those runs are critical. They build the endurance that my body will need to finish the race without dying. And I'd really like to be around for my kids!
You know the verse II Timothy 2:17, For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Some version say a sound mind. Others self-discipline. Hmm. I think we prefer a sound mind -- and that is important. But I honestly like the idea that God gives us power, love and SELF-DISCIPLINE.
Isn't that so important in our lives? The self-discipline to do the task in front of us -- even when it isn't fun. To do the thing God asks of us. To tackle the dream He's planted in our hearts. The task He instructs.
Without self-discipline, many of those items would linger undone. So watch my twitter updates. You'll see me bemoan training -- but I'll do it. And maybe it will get easier. But if it doesn't, I'll do it anyway.