Published on January 15th, 2012 | by djprophetic


Discipline doesn’t have feelings

Discipline doesn’t have feelings

You’re probably looking at the above statement like what is this guy talking about? Let me clarify how this statement was revealed to me. My fiancée was telling me something that she had to do but didn’t feel like doing it, and this phrase came out of my mouth instantaneously, “Discipline doesn’t have feelings.” I was shocked at what I said too because it applied to me and was something I needed to hear. What this statement means is that no matter how you feel or what mood you’re in, you need to take care of what needs to be done regardless of how you feel about it.

This can apply in so many scenarios of life- when you have been going to the gym 4 days in a row and don’t “feel” like going the 5th day, when you have been going to church service for 3 weeks straight and this Sunday you’re just not “feeling” it, when you have been waking up early all week and you just “feel” like sleeping in on the weekend, when you have homework and you don’t want to do it because you “feel” tired. The scenarios are endless but the same principle applies to all- don’t be moved by feelings, because feelings can mislead you and keep you from obtaining your goal. Do you think that everyone who becomes successful at something always “feels” like disciplining himself or herself? I’m sure Michael Jordan had days where he didn’t “feel” like hitting 1,000 jump shots, I’m sure Michael Phelps had days were he didn’t “feel” like swimming 1,000 laps, I’m sure that Martin Luther King Jr. had days when he didn’t “feel” like spearing the Civil Rights Movement. Even our Savior Jesus said in Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus had a chance to give in to his feelings but He said He would rather do God’s will, which was not dependent upon how He felt. Despite His feelings, He pushed on and completed the most challenging task- taking on the sins of the world.

Jesus is the prime example, and He did something knowing that it would drain Him of everything. If your feelings are getting in the way of something you are supposed to do, push your feelings to the side and decide to do it out of principle instead of emotion. The moment that you decide to live by principle it will affect every area of your life and bring you to a place that you cannot be shaken by your feelings, no matter how intense. Don’t get me wrong there is a purpose and intention for feelings but they should not be used to keep you from doing something you know you are supposed to do. If you are going to be everything God wants you to be this year remember that discipline does not have feelings!

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