October 28th, 2012 by Gallagher John No Comments

I have often heard and quipped that the definition of discipline is  “what you need to do, when you need to do it, even though you don’t want to do it.”  One of my disciplines that I enjoy is going to church on Sunday mornings.  Today was a great message for me about the ‘fruit’ of discipline.

In Romans 15:31-32 Paul urges us to Pray(discipline).  As leaders, we need to have disciplines such as reading, coaching, writing, etc.  Where the pastor clarified the message for me today,though, was in the “so that” statement.  We were urged to pray(discipline)…SO THAT we may be rescued, SO THAT we may be acceptable, and SO THAT we may be refreshed.

So, leaders are our hearts in the right place when practicing our disciplines?  Do you just read, or do you read SO THAT you can become more knowledgeable?  Do you just coach, or do you coach SO THAT you might develop others?  Do you just exercise, or do you exercise SO THAT you may live longer and leave a legacy?

I believe it is very important to have disciplines and goals in your life, but it is even MORE important to understand the “SO THAT” in order to realize when you are practicing those disciplines, you understand WHY you are making the investment.

Fill in this sentence for me:

I ______________________ SO THAT I may _____________________________.