Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
In sports there’s a thing called “two-a-days.” Athletes are forced to rise early and practice all morning, running sprints, drills, and exercises until they don’t know if they will find enough oxygen in the air to survive. Then, after a few hours of recuperation, they come back for a practice made even more strenuous by the heat of the day in the late afternoon. No one likes two-a-days! But it is not the coach’s intention to kill his players. Two-a-days hone them, prepare them, and enable them to excel.
Each athlete knows this rigorous training will give him or her the edge. Disciplined athletes will not only go through this once, but will return day after day for more. They will be ready for each contest, and they will succeed.
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.
Discipline creates disciples. In fact, the two words come from the same Latin root, discipulus. One cannot become a disciple without being disciplined.
Discipline is not a negative term, as so many think. We discipline our children because we love them. God disciplines us because he loves us. Proper discipline is the balance between correction and praise.
It is the wise leader, the effective coach, the loving parent, and the Christ-like minister, who imparts necessary discipline into the lives of others.