Faithfulness Ain’t Sexy
Discipline, restraint, self-control, obedience, stewardship, consistency, responsible, and faithfulness aren’t crowd pleasing topics. They’re not things we love to do because they are usually hard and costly. As a newish adult trying to figure out this whole how-do-I-live-my-life-well-and-create-impact thing, I know that those un-sexy topics are the ones that make the glamorous things happen.
Think about these glamorous outside stories of women compared with their un-glamorous daily lives:
Glamorous: Full time entrepreneur who is building a team of her own and working with big clients.
Un-glamorous: She puts in 70 hour weeks, manages people instead of doing the creative work she loved when her business was smaller, lived on nothing for 3 years as she built her business in the early years, sacrificed social outings numerous times.
Glamorous: Motivating cycling instructor with a kickass body and an engaging presence who helps strengthen people everyday.
Un-Glamorous: 10 years of daily working out and watching (most of the time) what she put in her body, 3 hours of prep for every class, pricy training to become an instructor, preventive medicine and treatments for her body.
Glamorous: Spiritual mentor who has guided multiple women for decades, has led multiple bible studies, and is full of so much biblical wisdom, powerful love, and fierce holy spirit power.
Un-glamorous: Daily quiet times with Jesus that weren’t posted on Instagram, huge life trials that built in her a spirit of resiliency and lessons beyond her years, obeying what God tells her and denying herself, giving to others endlessly.
All of us would love to have the body of a yoga instructor, but are we ready to pay the price of being faithful everyday in the gym and in the kitchen to build that? Many of us want to travel the world, but are we ready to say no to splurging and yes to budgeting? These un-glamorous disciplines build beautiful things that are so much better than hours spent in front of a TV, hitting the snooze button, chilling with un-motivating friends, spending money frivolously, etc.
Over the summer faithfulness, discipline and stewardship have been on my heart. So I’ve picked up Rooted by Banning Liebscher, Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, and the Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg. These books all deal with spiritual disciplines and consistency to build a life of excellence, influence, and impact.
I stumbled on this quote the other day and I love it’s underlying message:
“There are two types of pain you will go through in life, the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” — Jim Rohn
Life is hard. Either way. Discipline…or the regrets of not being disciplined. Although discipline has rewards and the lack of discipline doesn’t really have any. As I continue on this journey of living disciplined, I hope to be sharing more of it and my heart for it on the blog.
(also, remember, even if daily faithfulness isn’t sexy, the outcomes definitely can be. go kick butt.)