Discern What Is Best

May 27, 2018

Philippians 1:9-11

 How can we develop a sense of what is of real value in life. The Bible says that we should abound more and more in love, knowledge, and depth of insight. As we learn we can then discern what is best, pure, and blameless in the eyes of the Lord. We are then filled with the fruit of righteousness. To discern what is best in life we must develop self-discipline in our lives.

 1                    Don’t Be Afraid Of The Hard Things

To achieve self-discipline, you should start your day by doing the hard things first. And if you get sidetracked, make sure you go back and complete them. You should understand and do your part. You should make your bed, pick up your clothes and take them to the laundry room, leave the bathroom as you found it, pick up your breakfast dishes and don’t make extra work for others. Take out the garbage before you leave so that when you return home you will feel good about coming home. Do not start several projects at one time, the feeling of getting something done will help you grow in self-respect and self-discipline. The same is true of your spiritual development, take time to read the Word and pray before you start your day. You will be amazed that is easier to follow Jesus and trust Him daily than trying to make everyone work on your own.

What could you do to feel better about yourself and become a blessing to others?

2                    Make A Commitment To Be Punctual

Tardiness is a hard habit to break. To conquer it you must be willing to call it what it is and how it affects others around you. What it is inconsiderate and selfish behavior on your part that becomes more and more frustrating to those who are tired of dealing with your inappropriate actions. It is never too late to change. Why not let people see a miracle or at least think Jesus is coming today by you showing up ahead of time.

Do you value your time?

Stop and consider that others may value their time as well.

3                    Plan Ahead

Everything takes longer than you think, so don’t wait until the last minute and rush around like a chicken with your head cut off. Living under that kind of stress can cause health problems. Allowing ample time to accomplish your duties is good for your health and brings peace to your mind and heart. The old saying says, “To fail to plan, is to plan to fail.” Begin to evaluate the tasks before you and plan for adequate time, resources, effort, and energy to do your job well.

 What do you need to do to be a better planner?

 4                    Be Accountable

Be willing to accept instructions from the Lord and correction from Him and others who care about you without sulking. The Bible says, “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” (Proverbs 13:10) If you are wise you will seek counsel and welcome those who share advice that may help you. Gandhi said, “There is always a limit to self-indulgence, but none to self-restraint.” Ask God to help you control your feelings, desires, unruly thoughts, and behaviors. Identify the unmanageable areas in your life, stop making excuses, face the truth even when it hurts, refuse to feel sorry for yourself, and begin to set attainable goals. Learn to sense what is important and of real value in your life. Trust God to love, lead, reveal, and discipline your life!