Delaying Gratification.

“is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with” — Scott Peck, The road less traveled

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. — Harry Emerson Fosdick

Discipline is not hard to understand, then, if you can remember the words delayed gratification. BUT understanding discipline and practicing it are two different things. The key to practicing discipline can be described in three words: ADVANCE DECISION MAKING.

Once you make up your mind that the only decent way to live is to schedule the pain and the tough challenges first so that you can enjoy the pleasure, the rewards, and the payoff later, then you have to take an important practical step. You must make advance decisions as to how you are going to practice discipline in the various dimensions of your life. 

Most important of all, advance decision making is an important factor in our relationship with God. We know we are saved by grace and not by hard work, or planning or discipline. 

Excerpt from VOT, a chapter by Bill Hybels

I remembered someone who told me before about advance decision making. She just popped up in my mind right now. I wish I’ve read this a long time ago. LORD, thank you. I pray for my friend who shared this advance decision making to me before. I’m really blessed to have known her. I pray for her.

LORD, I need to practice discipline at home, at school, in my money spending, in my life. In every single part of me. I need this. I’ve been slacking this past weeks. This is totally not me. Help me please.