1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
For the first day in this series, I wanted to focus on my lack of self-discipline this year. I have let my spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being get really out of hand. I have been so focused on caring for my family, that I just didn’t make a habit of caring for myself. The longer I went without that care, the farther I felt from myself and from the Lord. So this month I have chosen to focus my scripture reading on self-care. I’d like to strengthen my self-discipline so that I might take better care of myself and my relationship with Christ!
I thought I would share my prayer with you, so that if you have been struggling in the same areas, then you can pray with me!
“Lord, I need you; I need you to teach me self-discipline. I need your guidance in training my body, my mind, and heart because I am the your Holy Spirit’s temple. I have let my emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being get so out of hand because of my lack of self-discipline. Work in me Lord, so that I might train myself in your ways. Let my heart, mind, and body reflect that of one of your disciples. Amen”