‘No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.’ – Hebrews 12:11(NLT)
I hate painting. It’s the worst! But a fresh coat of paint on something always looks clean & renewed! I find it takes so long and such meticulousness to really do a good job! “They” say that the prep work before you paint is the key to a good paint job. If you tape really well and prime well, the actual paint job itself isn’t so overwhelming and is actually a lot faster than if you didn’t prep at all.
Whenever I paint, the results are always worth it. It’s hard work; it’s tiring; it feels like it never ends; but it always feels so good to be done.
Isn’t that true with discipline?
We create the lives we want – whether on purpose (discipline) or on accident (lack of discipline).
Three years ago I started this mindset shift that I was going to start creating the life I want instead of reacting to the things I didn’t want. “Do things on purpose” was the motto. I had just ended a very toxic relationship before this shift, and dealing with things that were out of my control was something I had grown so used to. Emotionally and mentally, I started to give up. Accepting things as they were happening was the new normal even if it was ultimately harming me and pushing me farther from Jesus and the life He had planned for me. It was a paralyzing relationship that wasn’t going to end well if something didn’t change.
Through all this I learned that an accidental life leads to confusion, frustration, and mistakes.
When you start to let things slide in your life, it leads to a life you didn’t exactly want. When you become unintentional with your words, your thoughts, and your actions, you make room for an unhealthy lifestyle in more ways than one.
I am not perfect, that’s for sure. I made decisions that weren’t right on purpose. I guess that’s what happens when you let things slide. It becomes easier to allow people to treat you in a way you don’t deserve. You become numb to it because, “Hey! This is the new normal I guess.”
Every day I try to retrain myself to understand that I’m not perfect and I’m not supposed to be. God doesn’t expect me to be perfect, so I shouldn’t feel that for myself.
With Jesus, though, deciding to do great things on purpose is one of the best decisions I have made.
So today, create the life you want and you love! Do things on purpose. Smile on purpose. Choose to be positive on purpose. If you want something, go for it.
I know. I know. “Easier said than done,” you say.
But one step a day, on purpose, will lead you to something so incredible, it’s intoxicating!
It’s called “purpose”.
– Amber Miyasato
Amber Miyasato has been on staff at Hillcrest Church for three years. She is the Operations Director, which means she oversees all media, promotion, office, and century projects. Some of the things she enjoys are graphic design and Crossfit (Crossfit Seven Cities). She loves to write and be creative in several different aspects. Her goal in life is to constantly grow in all areas so she can best reflect who Jesus is.