Friday, March 13, 2009

Freedom Through Discipline

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

About thirteen years ago, I surprised my husband for Christmas by learning how to play the piano. At least enough to play a handful of hymns and church songs. For about two months, I practiced many hours a day. And on Christmas day, I sat and played. It felt so good! The freedom to play was wonderful!

But……after Christmas, the motivation of the surprise was gone. I slowly stopped practicing. And now, I can’t claim to play the piano at all anymore.

The difference between a person who has the freedom to really play the piano and someone who can’t (me) is discipline. The pianist disciplines herself. She practices. And practices. Consistently.

And what is the reward of discipline? Freedom!

My lack of discipline in practicing the piano keeps my fingers in bondage. I am not free to transfer what I see on the music page to my fingers. I am completely tied up.

Have you ever asked God to miraculously give you some gift? Oh, I have. I wish that God would just let me sit down at the piano and just miraculously be able to play. I want to wake up one morning thin. I want to open my mouth and automatically know how to speak a foreign language. I asked for Spanish. Though I’ve also thought speaking Vietnamese would be great, too. Both would be very helpful around here.

See, I know people that this has happened to. I know a couple of people to whom God has given the gift of a language instantaneously known. I knew a girl who just sat down at the piano and knew how to play. (Sadly, the gift was also taken away when she turned her back on God.) I watched a very large woman lose weight during a prayer service. She had to grab hold of her clothes when they started to fall off! I also know of people who have been delivered from addiction instantaneously.

So, why hasn’t God done this for me? I really LOVE piano music. I really NEED to lose weight. I could really USE the ability to speak Spanish.

But God picks who gets the miracle. For whatever reason, He chooses. He knows what is best for each one of us. I would assume that one of the best reasons for NOT getting the miracle is to teach us the rewards of self-discipline.

One of the biggest rewards, of course, is freedom. It makes sense that since Christ has set us free, He intends us to live free. We keep our freedom by discipline.

“He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.” Proverbs 5:23

So, for now, two of my goals are to have an organized office/studio/workroom and to lose weight/be healthy. So, I’m now going to the gym. And trying to regularly devote an hour working ON the office. (Working IN the office is already a regular thing.) Oh, I will keep praying and asking for God’s help. But, while I wait for my miracle, I will discipline myself. And while I’m disciplining myself, I kind of think my miracle will happen. One day I WILL wake up a whole lot thinner and walk into a neat and organized workroom.

And maybe one of these days, I’ll tackle that piano again.

While I’m Waiting
Psalm 5:3, 27:14, 33:20, 37:7, 38:15, 40:1, Isaiah 30:18, Lamentations 3:24
by John Waller

To hear this song, click here.

I’m waitingI’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it’s not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait

I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You, Lord

© 2007 Travelin’ Zoo Music (ASCAP) (admin. by EMI CMG Publishing)


  1. I need to work ON my office space and not just IN it, too. I think it would totally set me free. Right now I'm in bondage to the paper clutter.

    I spent a chunk of time working on it today. Of course it looks pretty much the same to the naked eye.

    I think I could be more disciplined if the results were more instantaneous. ;-)

  2. Thanks for sharing that today - reminding me to discipline myself in the areas I would like to see improvement. And there are many.....
    Blessings! Have a great week-end!

  3. A beautiful post!!
    kari & kijsa

  4. I so needed to hear this. Thanks.


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