Principle 4: Engage Discipline

Albert Einstein

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Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value to which all other values are subordinate. -Albert Einstein #lifechngr

Einstein’s Formula

I love what Einstein says there, Find life first.  Einstein had some serious discipline. Success magazine published Einstein’s formula for success:

Albert Einstein had a formula for success. Can you believe that? One of the greatest minds of all time developed a math formula for success! I suggest you read this carefully—this may be the most important math equation you will ever see.

Einstein said, “If A equals success, then the formula is: A=X+Y+Z. 
X is work. 
Y is play. 
Z is keep your mouth shut.”

Albert Einstein had a tremendous work ethic and because of that gave more to society and modern science than any person in recent times.

Einstein knew how to work hard, but he also knew that playing hard was an essential part of the equation.  Keeping your mouth shut, now that takes discipline.

Eat the Frog

Something about the attitude- do the work.  A friend one time refered to it as “Eat the frog.”  Which means, do the hard thing first.  But here’s the deal, one can get so caught up in doing the hard thing first, work out the toughest thing that you can miss the joy of discipline.

Discipline is best.

Discipline is fun.  Though not easy to get started, once you are in it, you realize it is worth it.  Look at it this way- Discipline has value now and forever.

I Timothy 4:8  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Discipline work, food, exercise and study.

Set your path, don’t be mastered by anything in this world.  Work, food, exercise or study.  These are wonderful things, however each in excess can painfully distort your ability to enjoy life to the full and own you without your knowledge. You can transform your bad habits to be your greatest qualities.  It’s just a shift of focus and attitude, mixed with the grace of God for you to change.

Live life as an experiment

As Einstein said at the start of this post, life is most important above all.  Everything on this earth has been granted to you through Christ, by God.  He gives you EXACTLY what you need, sometimes more, sometimes you think less, but it’s enough.  But IF you get something, hold it the right way.  Held too tightly, things hurt when peeled away. Hold things rightly.  Your idols will be revealed, now or in the life to come.

Work with everything to glorify the Lord.  Work can own you.  Work takes lives and destroys families, but work was created for man before the fall.  There is something pure and special about living your purpose.  Finding your place and living life to the full.  Find a balance, overworked people are some of the most painfully hurting people I know, and work/money is a deceitful god: distorting vision, ruining ability to hear and wrecking good people.  Fulfillment is not there.

Here’s a quick thought on food, as a discipline.  Take food remove it, try to fast for a day.  Do a Daniel Fast.  Cut cokes.  Or remove deserts.  Watch as what you value becomes removed, sugar, meat, cokes, ice cream- these simple things were revealed to me as idols.  Good things, yes.  When I held these things so tightly, I couldn’t even see how much they were running my life.  These are also things that I held higher than my relationship with the Lord.  I digress.

Exercize, have you exercized this week?  Go outside and walk three miles.  Something about the physical has relation to the emotional and spiritual as well.  For me, I feel like when my physical routine is in tact, my spiritual and emotional life is maintained very easily.  Find a training partner.  Run a half marathon.  Take a hike.  Climb a mountain.  Do something.

Study.  You can seek all worldly knowledge, you can gain multiple degrees and doctorates, but I tell you, everyone I know with those degrees has a certain humility.  They’ve all learned, as much as you can know, you’ll never know everything.  But this is of utmost importance, I Timothy 4.7 says “Train yourself to be Godly.”  So physical training has value, but really, the focus is to bring you to know God.  Do study.  Get in the word.  Know God.  Take a verse, memorize it.  Create a system around it.  Make a spreadsheet.  Use business cards to write verses on them, do something.  God will reveal himself to you as you study His word and seek Him.

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