Posts Tagged ‘self-discipline’

Out of the Blue

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th March 2014 in Christian Articles, Christian Arts and Entertainment, Christian Doctrine, News

blue_sky04Most people prefer listening to the music they grew up with. Being a teenager in the seventies, I knew every James Taylor song by heart. I would listen to the same recording again and again. I could anticipate the intro of the next song in the silence between the tracks. When the last song came around it made me sad, but then it began again from the beginning and everything was alright. I hoped for another James Taylor song to add to my list of favorites but it never came.

With the exception of Paul McCartney, whose career, list of accomplishments and longevity are unparalleled, most writers tend to produce their best work early then slowly fade away.  Do these once upon a time writers stop producing new material because their creative well dried up? If so, what would turn an oasis into a desert, especially in the later years when there is so much more to say? Read the rest of this entry »

Practice What’s Been Preached

Posted by John Lindsay on 27th December 2011 in Christian Articles

There’s no arguing that people enjoy doing what they’re good at, but no one gets good at anything without practice. The same holds true for us as followers of Jesus. If we find walking with our Lord difficult, it’s probably because we haven’t been practicing. Does anyone honestly, deliberately rehearse going the speed limit or maintaining a calm demeanor or smiling without cause? We’ve all practiced merging into traffic, but are we experts at allowing others to merge in before us? If we’re not trained for the minor pressures of the day’s most common occurrences, how can we expect to be adequately prepared for the weight of loving our enemy when that opportunity arises?

The hardest thing about any kind of disciplined routine is getting started. The best thing about doing something for the first time is you only have to do it once. Why not start with a smile. Don’t wait. Do it now. Don’t miss the opportunity. Hold a smile through the next sentence or two. Read the rest of this entry »