What you feed grows! (I know, thank you captain obvious) This is has been so true in my life. Let me give you some practical examples:
- When I start digging into my Bible, I become so alive and I want more. I feel so dumb for slacking off.
- When I go to the gym, I have more energy and I am inspired to get fit. Again I feel dumb for slacking off.
- When I spend time on organization I get more done. Again, I feel ignorant for neglecting this aspect of my daily routine.
Can you see a pattern? The things in life that are good for me, actually invigorate me when I do them. So why in the world would I not do them more often? The simple answer is self discipline but there is more to it.
I have two appetites that I have to manage in my life and how I manage these make all the difference in the world.
One appetite is for those things that are healthy for me. My family, my faith, my productivity, my health. The other appetite is those things that pull me away from the first set. I will call this an appetite for destruction. Let me get real vulnerable on this one, this is stuff like lust, over eating, laziness. These things work just like the good list, if you feed them, they grow and not only do they grow but they cause the good list to suffer. If I look at the opposite sex in the wrong manner those desires will grow. If my mind is racing to the next meal my waste line grows. If I fuel laziness it affects my whole schedule.
So here is the game plan:
- Identify the positive appetites in your life (God, Spouse, Kids, Work)
- Feed the positive appetites (time, energy, resources)
- Identify the negative appetites in your life (sin, time wasters, health busters)
- Starve the negative appetites (cut them off cold, no time, not thoughts, no resources)