The Undisciplined Life

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Proverbs 17:20 “He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.”

Life consists of rules and boundaries. When you drive down the road, there are lanes that vehicles are to drive within to keep drivers from having accidents. When you drive down the road, there are speed limits to keep drivers from driving at speeds that would be unsafe, not only for them, but also for others around them. The rules and boundaries set up for driving are there for the enjoyment and safety of the ride.

The amount of enjoyment you have in life will be determined by whether you live by the rules and boundaries God sets up to enjoy life. The undisciplined life always leads to heartache. The verse above states, “He that hath a froward heart findeth no good:…” The word “froward” simply means undisciplined. In other words, the undisciplined heart only finds bad in life. You must live a disciplined life if you are going to enjoy life. Let me share some areas where you must be disciplined if you want to enjoy life.

First, you must live a disciplined life in your finances if you want to enjoy life. The undisciplined life financially always ends up in unenjoyable debt. Every person needs to have a budget to live by that tells them they can or cannot spend their money on something. Those who are undisciplined in their financial spending will find themselves living a life of bondage to debt. I would much rather live a disciplined financial life and live simply than have many possessions acquired through undisciplined financial spending with the headache that the debt brings.

Second, you must live a disciplined life with your daily schedule. I am a big believer in routines and living by them. Those who are undisciplined with their time are always finding themselves running late and not getting things done. Sleeping in here and there is wasting time that could be used to accomplish responsibilities. Time is of the essence every day, and every second you waste living an undisciplined life is a second taken from the disciplined life that leads to accomplishment. Those who accomplish the most in life are those who are disciplined with their time.

Third, you must live a disciplined life with God. The rules and boundaries that God sets up in His Word are not there to make you live a miserable life, but they are there so that you can enjoy life to its fullest. God is the One who created you, and He knows what is best for that which He made. To argue and disagree with God’s rules and boundaries for life is like the automobile arguing with the maker; it is ludicrous. The maker of an automobile made that automobile to drive down the road. It would be foolish for the automobile to tell the automaker that it doesn't want to drive down the road, but it wants to drive on the lake. It just doesn't work that way! Likewise, to tell God that you don't want to live by his rules and boundaries for life is detrimental to the enjoyment of life.

When God tells the believer to be in church every time the church doors are open, He knows that going to church will help you in life. When God tells you to live a holy life and keep yourself from sin, He knows holiness leads to joy. My friend, living a disciplined life always allows you to enjoy life to its fullest. If you don't want your life to be filled with heartache and chaos, live by the rules and boundaries that God gives you in His Word, and you will find that you will enjoy life to its fullest.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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