I'm in the middle of training for another mini-marathon. Each year that I do this, it seems God has something different for me to learn or ponder. This year it seems to be the issue of discipline.
Yes, I am a highly disciplined person. But this year God's using my training to reinforce that I am disciplined in the things I want to be disciplined in. Because I write late at night, I'm not a morning person anymore. Yet because of my crazy schedule right now, the only time for me to get in my
runs most days is if I get up half an hour to an hour earlier than I have been. I'm doing it. I don't like it, but I'm doing it.
As I do, I feel this whisper in my soul challenging me to do the same thing to spend time with God. I don't like running, yet I'm doing what I need to so I don't die that first Saturday morning in May when I'm running. How much more important is it to make the time to spend time in the Bible and in God's presence. I find pockets and snatches of time, but I'm not great about having one designated time every day.
Because of a new class I'm teaching at Purdue, I'm reading a 500 page textbook in eight weeks for the purpose of teaching the content. That's not always enjoyable, but I'm doing it. Why can't I do the same with the Bible?
Anyone else struggle with this? I really hope I'm not alone, but I love how God in his grace has shown me that I do have the discipline...when I chose to exercise it.