I was in a Sam's Club some time prior to this past Christmas when I noticed a book in the book area. Mind you, it wasn't one of the books out on display. This book was underneath one of the display racks. The cover was a dull black color with simple white lettering on it. I found myself drawn to the book. The title of the book is Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink (St. Martin's Press: New York, 2017). Jocko Willink is a retired Navy Seal officer and author of several books.
I bought the book, took it home, and quickly devoured it. I have since re-read it several times and I find myself drawn to it time and again. It seems quite clear to me that discipline is what God has me cuing in on in my life right now. In fact, I believe discipline is at the core of the Christian life.
Allow me to share an excerpt from the book with you:
"People look for the shortcut. The hack. And if you came here looking for that; you won't find it. The shortcut is a lie. The hack doesn't get you there. And if you want to take the easy road, it won't take you to where you want to be: Stronger. Smarter. Faster. Healthier. Better. Free.
There must be discipline. Discipline: the root of all good qualities. The driver of daily execution. The core principle that overcomes laziness and lethargy and excuses. Discipline defeats the infinite excuses that say: not today, not now, I need a rest, I will do it tomorrow.
What's the hack? How do you become stronger, smarter, faster, healthier? How do you become better? How do you achieve true freedom? There is only one way. The way of discipline"
Discipline comes from discipulus, the Latin word for pupil, which also provided the source of the word disciple. This means that at the root of the Christian disciple's life is the act of discipline. The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27 that "I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." Perhaps this was in Paul's thoughts when he told Timothy to "Fight the good fight of faith" (1 Timothy 6:12). A good soldier knows that becoming a good warrior requires discipline. So it is with us.
I feel as though I have only scratched the surface on this subject. I sense that it holds the key to every Christian who truly desires to walk the path of becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. So, for now, I will end this. More to come...