Thursday | August 8 | A Time Out


Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. –Proverbs 25:28 NIV

To get to where we want to go or to become who we want to be, we often have to do things we don’t want to do. A concert pianist probably began simply as a child whose mother made him practice.

He may not have wanted to practice, and instead he may have wanted to go outside and play with his friends. However, all that practice took him to the place he is today. The discipline was worth the sacrifice.

What do you want to be or do? Where in life do you want to go? What is it that you don’t want to do to get there? Discipline isn’t only for children; in fact, adults need it too. We all know an adult or two who could use a good “time out.” You can get to where you want to be if you aren’t afraid of discipline.

Put your druthers aside, sacrifice your comfort level, and keep your eyes on the goal. Don’t wait until you feel like doing it, for that’ll never happen. Your inner virtuoso is longing to emerge. Dare to discipline and dare to sacrifice, for the best is yet to come.

Prayer Focus

  • What are you willing to do to receive God’s best? Pray for the desire to display self-discipline.
  • Pray for wisdom to see areas in your life that need self-discipline.

Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.
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