SELF-CONTROL

I am sitting in Bali, Indonesia listening to Jon Hull, from radio station KSBJ in Houston, Texas.  No, he isn’t on the radio.  He’s speaking to a group of 19 potential leaders here in Indonesia.  We have been asked to help them channel their vision and passion into the ministry to which God has called them.

Jon just said that the “price take of leadership is discipline, or, self-control.”  He said, “If you study the lives of any of the great leaders you will discover something very interesting.  The very first victory most of them win is over themselves.”

John Maxwell agrees with him, he wrote, “I define discipline in the beginning of life as the choice of achieving what you really want by doing things you don’t really want to do.”

When a reporter asked the great evangelist, D.L. Moody, which people gave him the most trouble, Moody said, “I’ve had more trouble with D.L. Moody than any man alive.”

Hull gave the students a “small plan that will make a big difference”:

1.  List five areas in your life that lack discipline.

2. Place them in order of priority for conquering them.

3. Take them on, one at a time, learn what you can about them.  Get resources to help you.  (books,CD’s, web)

4.  Ask someone to hold you accountable in each area.

5.  Spend 15 minutes each morning praying for your five areas.

6. At noon, do a check to see how you are doing.

7. In the evening, evaluate yourself.

If you have an area in your life that is giving you problems, it will also give you problems as a leader.  Discipline is taking it one half-day at a time, until you have victory.

The wisest man who lived tells us, “fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:7).  Paul tells us, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11).

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