In our culture, it’s probably fair to say that discipline is not a highly valued characteristic. It seems so modernist, so dull and so cultish. However, when we read the Bible, self-discipline seems somewhat central to godly living –
- Self-discipline in training oneself to be godly: 1Timothy 4:7; Romans 13:14; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Col 3:12; 2 Timothy 1:7; Heb 5:14; 12:1
- Discipline in speech: Psalms 141:3; James 3:2-12
- Discipline in behaviour: Romans 14:20-21
- Physical discipline 1 Cor 9:27; Ephesians 4:22; Col 3:5; James 3:2
I gather Christian parents ought to be the first people to teach their children self-discipline. However, I have noticed that outside of families, who has the seemingly monopoly on teaching self-discipline to our kids? It seems to be our sporting clubs, and in particular, our martial arts clubs. I wonder why in my life time, churches have never held the mantle of “being the place where our kids learn self-discipline”?
Maybe they ought not be, but I wonder what it would be like if they were? And what would it look like?