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“Discipline is doing what you really don’t want to do so you can do what you really want to do.” Jeff Fisher

Since 2012, instead of resolutions, I choose a word to focus on throughout the year. When I chose Jesus in 2020, I hoped I hadn’t reduced Him and His name to a tradition. The opposite happened when the world shut down and I faced unexpected personal challenges. I was grateful for the reminder to keep my focus on Him. 

By December, I had filled two notebooks full of Jesus whispers, Jesus moments, and Jesus miracles. I never expected to claim last year as my best, but since it was, I planned to keep Jesus as my word for 2021.

But God had another idea and a different word. About the time I settled into my plan, I noticed the word “discipline” showed up in every book, sermon, interview, and conversation. I ignored it as long as I could, which you probably guessed by now since it’s February 19th

The evening I heard a favorite speaker repeat again and again and again the word “discipline,” I wanted to smack him and yell, “Enough already. I heard you.” 

He struck a nerve. I knew if I wanted to serve others with my writing and one day have a published book, I had to write. Because I’d gotten lazy, I was ditching my destiny. 

Tim McGraw, music artist and author of Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life, talked about discipline in an interview with Kelly Clarkson. I told you the word showed up everywhere. He said, “We think of discipline as this cage you put yourself in as you decide to apply discipline to your life. What I’ve discovered is that discipline opens the door to the cage that you’re in.” 

I’m discovering the same thing. 

I’d love for you to share your word for 2021 and why you chose it. I’d also love to hear any thoughts about discipline. 

In This Together, 

I have something for you!


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