"We don’t accomplish much in life apart from self-discipline."
That, from pastor/author/blogger Tim Challies, who blogs at www.challies.com. (Click here for his take on the joy of self-discipline.)
Discipline is key to 'much in life,' to our productivity at work, home and everything in between, whether we recognize our accomplishments as stemming from it or not.
When it comes to reading our bibles, it can be easier to surf the internet, perhaps the greatest distraction of the modern age. But the reward in life from surfing the internet is hardly comparable to the way our minds and hearts are changed by reading the bible. We know that in our heads, but we default to other distractions - like the internet - so easily.
Reading of all sorts takes discipline, but the rewards are literally immeasurable. Warren Buffet is no slouch in that category, and when asked to explain his success, he said “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
That's the benefit of regular and disciplined reading of the bible: 'it builds up, like compound interest'. You see the whole the more you read, and the connections between the various books becomes evident. Then, the more you read, the more likely when someone else references a text or teaching, you are prepared to appreciate it, build on it, or critically (in the best sense) respond to it.
Discipline can be combined with something else as well, called 'the possibilities of spare moments,' linked from Challies blog this morning. We have countless minutes of spare time, in commuting, in line-ups, in HOURS spent at other things. Our very lives are slipping past us. IF we use those spare moments well - a question of discipline - the rewards wll be great indeed.
As the bible says in Psalm 90:12:
"So teach us to number our days; that we may get a heart of wisdom."
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
Click above to access the 5 Day Reading Plan used here. I am using the 5 readings Monday through Friday, with other postings on topics of interest Saturdays and Sundays.
Some Favorite Sites
Desiring God Ministries
Bible Design Blog
Calvary Baptist Church