For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
So...I have been enjoying Christmas. I have this week off work and have basically been thinking to myself "I will be disciplined when I go back to work". I will do what I need to do after my week off. I deserve this time to just take it easy. Then during my quiet time this morning, God used verse 5 to say "stop". He delights to see my discipline and to see how firm my faith is. Wow...He delights in me doing what I hate to do. So really the question comes down to "my way" or "your way God". It's a matter of the will. It's a choice. It's just a decision.
This morning I'm grateful for a God who takes time to speak personally to me. That blows my mind. He took the time to let me know that He loves to see me disciplined. I also love how he speaks positively. He reminds me so much of Craig. Craig ALWAYS chooses to speak in the most positive way about things. He will spin it positive...even when it's just not. He can't bear to be negative. I love that about my God. He could say "get with the stick Janene...I died for you and I deserve it". I'm getting sick of your mediocrity. But no. He just says "I delight to see your discipline.
So today I say yes. Yes to discipline. Yes to His way instead of my own. Yes to my God.
And it's a grateful yes.