I heard a great sermon the other day from Charles Stanley of Intouch Ministries about developing discipline. In a minute I’ll try to highlight a few of his points as they relate to finances, but first I figure everyone can agree that discipline is a good thing, something we can all use more of, but what is it?
My Webster’s II New Riverside Dictionary defines discipline as training intended to elicit a specific pattern of behavior or character. That’s right … training! If we are going to whip our lives into great financial shape we need training. Similar to those who run marathons, or loose large quantities of weight, to develop sound fiscal muscles we need a training program. That’s why I so enjoy the opportunity to co-host the Midday Money Show each week. We are setting the stage for a life changing training program and inviting our listeners to join in. Remember, we can all use a little more discipline.
Ever wondered how to eat an elephant? Simple! One bite at a time. Whether you have a financial mountain or a mole hill to climb, a disciplined approach is what you need and it’s always best to walk before you run. So back to Charles Stanley, he reminded us that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord and that anyone looking to developing discipline in any area of your life (here I read finances) can start with two things: 1) read your bible every day & 2) pray. I think these two suggestions are key because it’s about adjusting our priorities.
Next, I’ll focus on tips to bust out of the undisciplined rut you may find yourself floundering in. Trust me, I’m also speaking to myself!