Discipline Determines Destiny

May 4, 2012

I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.” –1 Corinthians 9:27

Read: 1 Corinthians 9

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Charles Stanley with In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. He delivered a message entitled, “Discipline Determines Destiny.” Of course, he made it clear that he wasn’t talking about eternal destiny, but that he wanted to discuss our earthly effectiveness; how we handle our money, our time, our relationships and ohhhh yes, while I was at the edge of my seat, he said it…”how we handle our health.”

None of the other topics received much of a reaction (perhaps because they were expected), but when he asked the question, “Who wants to live a long, healthy life?”, there was a noticeable murmur. When it became quiet, Dr. Stanley simply asked his congregation how they expected to live abundantly when they’re facing avoidable and preventable road blocks of health. Hearing it from me is one thing, but when Dr. Charles Stanley says it, it’s another thing altogether.

As he preached, I scribbled. He used words and phrases like,

The value we place on our health will be evident in our diligence…
Fulfilling, achieving, orderly, less stressful…
Aimless and lethargic versus Godly and confident…
Feeling good about yourself… 
Nothing to do with age…
He still has the best in mind for you…
Positive impact on others…health can be a way to witness…
Build better health and a better faith…

Folks, go ahead and quiet the murmur in your mind and settle your thoughts on this one: Your health is important to God. Any personal justification you’ve otherwise convinced yourself with, is false. The call to action this week is a call of discipline. And it doesn’t matter what you decide to do.  Just decide and work within your means. Walk the block or the dog. Do some push-ups or lift some weights. Walk away from the dessert menu and step up to the plate of clean eating. Discipline determines destiny, and if you’re reading this, yours is still unwritten.

–Jimmy Peña

Peña to co-headline Mother’s Day Celebration with Grammy winning trio Point of Grace

This Saturday (May 5), PrayFit Founder Jimmy Peña will join Grammy and Dove Award Winning sensation Point of Grace at the Mom’s Squad Mother’s Day Celebration in Ohio, hosted by Cleveland’s 95.5 THE FISH.

“It’s such a blessing to be included in such an important event, to be speaking to so many influential women and to be sharing the day with the amazing women of Point of Grace!” Peña says.

>> For the full event lineup, list of sponsors or info on attending, click here.

Do you want Jimmy and the PrayFit team to come to your church or business to share his motivational story of health as a means of praise? Using biblical characters and motivational scenarios, Jimmy will help motivate and inspire you and your congregation to view health differently than ever before. E-mail us at info@prayfit.com for more details!

Comments

  1. Hobbs

    Great message today Jimmy. I need to be reminded that it’s not “selfish” to care about being healthy and to take the steps every day to do the right thing. It does take effort, but we only have this one body here on earth and we must take care of it.

  2. Brandy

    Thank you Jimmy! I see from reading this that I have been: Aimless and lethargic versus Godly and confident…
    I needed this wake up call today. Have a Blessed weekend!! :)

  3. Sandie Powell

    Thanks, Jimmy, for the simple truth we all know, but need to be reminded of…God wants us healthy!

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