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December 27, 2010 / joelmalm

The Road Less Traveled. Part 1

Life is difficult.

That’s the opening line to M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled.  Jesus voiced this truth in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble…”

Every day I meet frustrated people who are miserable because for some reason they think the above truth shouldn’t apply to them.  They think their suffering is a unique curse that has been placed only upon them.  The reality is – life is difficult for everyone.  Sure, it comes in varying degrees, but a struggle is a struggle.

This is no call to pessimism.  It’s a call to the reality that we are called to thrive in a difficult world.  God offers us the power to live strong in this world, but we are required to do something.  We are required to submit ourselves to discipline.

Discipline consists of the healthy skills and response mechanisms we use to face life’s problems.  “Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame….” (Proverbs 13:18)

You need discipline.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11)  So I choose to embrace it based on the Bible’s promise.

Five days and counting to the New Year I want to explore four disciplines that every healthy human being needs to master to thrive in a difficult world: delayed gratification, acceptance of responsibility, dedication to truth and balancing.

If you are hoping to see some massive changes in your life in the year to come I invite you to join me on a journey of discovery through the wonderful world of discipline. J  (More posts to come.)

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  1. Jonathan Russell / Dec 27 2010 10:12 am

    Great stuff!

  2. chrisjardin / Dec 27 2010 1:43 pm

    im in!

    • joelmalm / Dec 27 2010 6:04 pm

      Awesome!

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