Friday, August 24, 2007

Blogging, Discipline, and Laziness.

It's funny, but I almost never get writer's block when it comes to blogging. Usually (like every day), I instead get what I call "writer's laziness." This is very different. I find that I have lots of topics that I could write upon - things that are happening in my life, things that I'm learning about, interesting things I've seen on the news or on the web - but it still takes hard work to sit down and actually do it. This desire to avoid hard work is what slows me down - not writer's block.

I see blogging as a hobby, but also as a discipline. It takes time, energy, and creativity to post something every day! Here's where discipline comes in. The reason I've recently taken to blogging daily now is to prove to myself that I can be disciplined at something (as my summer has not gone well in this area). I wanted to do 4 courses, work full time, fix my rental property, fix my house, spend lots of time with my family, read some books, etc, etc. Sadly, because of a lack of discipline (coupled with procrastination), I find that I will only have done 3 courses, barely fixed my rental, and spent only a few precious days vacationing with my family. I may have bit off a bit more then I could chew but if I had been more disciplined I could have done almost all of it. This knowledge makes me sad.

I'm reading through "The Way of the Wild Heart" and the author talks about how one of the aspects of God is the Warrior (for all my ultra-pacifist friends, sorry it's true: "The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name" -Exodus 15:3). One of the traits of the warrior is discipline, he writes, the kind of discipline that allows a man to endure suffering, a bad job, a difficult marriage, etc. I'm thinking that if I would reframe discipline as a warrior trait, then perhaps I will have more of it. Wish me luck . . .

May Light increase!


inWorship said...

Thanks for this post today. I've been reading you for a while and enjoy your thoughts.

I read a great book lately called "Who you are when no one looking" by Bill Hybels. He spoke to discipline and it's often times elusiveness. Here is agreat qoute, “Delayed gratification. Advanced decision making. Accountability. These six words define discipline and tell how to achieve it.” He also spoke to endurance and how the character of endurance often keeps our discipline on track. I like this quote, “You build endurance by learning how to crash through quitting points.” “That is when ordinary people like you and me become extraordinary in God’s sight.”

Thanks for the encouragement today.

Mark said...

Hey inworship, thanks for stopping by and for the encouragement about the blog.

Coincedentally, "Who You Are When Nobody's Looking" is one of my favorite books (though I had forgotten about it). My wife and I read through it as a devotional when we were dating and I have reread it several times since. Good quote of his, I love Bill Hybels. Thanks for the comment!