April 26, 2012 In life

the art of discipline

spring is here in vancouver and that means longer days, slighter warmer temperatures and the occasional appearance of a fiery ball in the sky. life feels fresh. the season of life i am in right now feels fresh. i am excited about the upcoming wedding season. excited to look back in november on my hard drive under a folder called “weddings” and see twenty-five folders with the names of couples on them. all those wedding days, captured, edited, delivered. i thrive off that feeling, that feeling of productivity, of looking at a finished job well done, of persevering through a crazy work season. this business fits me.

i want to define what being disciplined in every area of my life looks like. a few weeks ago i wrote about discipline in my prayer life… and i know these are thought processes i return to every year. discipline isn’t something i can learn once, put it in my pocket and enjoy the rewards of all the days of my life. discipline is a continual process. the opportunity to be disciplined is granted to me every morning. i have choices. i can make the wrong ones. some days i pray an hour a day, some days i give God five minutes. some meals i stop eating after a moderate portion, some meals i eat too much. in some moments of stress, i give headspace to thoughts i shouldn’t, or worse — i vocalize those thoughts.

at revolution, we’ve been working through a series on dating & relationships. one week’s sermon was titled how to be a woman worth dying for and pastor justin preached through proverbs 31. a woman worth dying for is trustworthy [11], free from commitment issues [12], works diligently [13-14], a hard worker and early riser [15], has learned to think logically [16], works vigorously and maintains a standard of health [17], knows her own value [18], generous and seeks to do good [20], dresses well [22], but her focus is being clothed with strength and dignity [25], has no fear of the future [25], speaks with wisdom and kindness [26], does not tolerate idleness in her life [27] and… is honoured by her husband and children.

one of my favourite “Christian-ese” words is sanctification. it’s the process of becoming like Christ as we read the Bible, pray, grow in understanding of God’s love. saved by God’s grace, in my imperfection, but yet called on to be more like Him every morning. this process is slow. it is humbling. proverbs 31 is an impressive list — but rather than be overwhelmed, i choose to be encouraged — these attributes are exciting things to seek after.

ps. i’ve been working on discipline in the area of health & exercise lately. [insert laughter from my friends here… jamie, the girl who always watches what she eats and exercises six times a week.] i want health to become a default setting — to truly honour the body i’ve been given. been running a lot more… and feeling amazing. little pictures like the ones below get me fired up. hah! ;)

  • So much truth and wisdom in this post Jamie & your quotes made me smile!

  • Good stuff. I appreciate your posts.

  • Laura

    Thanks so much for this… Its exactly what I needed to read right now! Life can get so hectic sometimes and its so good to be reminded of where my heart needs to be. Thank you! Now, enough blog reading and back to work!

  • Amen!

  • Love this. I feel like it’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve truly become disciplined in my business life. To be honest, I struggle with not beating myself up about how long it took me. It’s so rewarding to know that I’ve done my best and I’m honoring the gifts God gave me, my clients, my work, etc. I’ve been working on the health/exercise part a lot lately too (despite being pregnant). I’m even signed up for 4 races between September and January (figured I’d give myself a little time to recover after the baby is born…). It’s amazing how…… right…. it feels to be disciplined and to actively pursue those Prov 31 traits. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Thanks for the motivation :)

  • anna

    This is so interesting to me.
    I’m chronically ill, have been since I was eighteen. A lot of my skills are gone. I used to thrive on those feelings of productivity as well and it’s been a hard road for me to learn that productivity does not equal usefulness. (Not saying that you think that! It’s just what I used to think).
    I do agree that it’s an amazing feeling though, getting stuff accomplished… I miss that feeling.

    Being vs. doing is a very interesting subject to ponder :)

  • Caitlin

    Thanks for including the reference to Revolution – just downloaded the app! :)

  • Seneca

    Hey Jamie!
    Thank you SO much for posting this! I went & listened to the message from Pastor Justin about the Woman worth Dying For & it was exactly what I needed to hear! I think it was one of the most powerful messages I’ve heard, and what my heart needed. I’ve been in a slump lately & now after this I just want to listen to all of his messages & am on fire again! So thank you for sharing your heart with your readers, I appreciate it so much even from northeast Pennsylvania!:) Have an amazing day! :)

  • gen

    “health to become a default setting” = perfection! I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • Very Good Stuff, perfect.