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Friday, January 25, 2013 Word of the Week - Discipline

6:47 a.m. (Yes 6:47, that's not a typo) The alarm goes off. It's Owl City - Fireflies, and the morning looks to be beautiful. "You would not believe your eyes if ten million fireflies lit up the world as I fell asleep..." Glorious melodies.

I stretch, lay in bed for 3 minutes, then proceed to get to the closest sweatshirt I can find before the chill of the room takes over the warmth received from laying under the three blankets on my bed. Facebook check at 6:55 a.m., and then comes breakfast. Oatmeal? Nah. I'm working out in 30 minutes, so maybe a bowl of Special K will feel better. My legs are tense and sore due to an incredibly awful leg workout the night before. No worries, it's shoulder day at the gym. 7:10 am: pack lunch - Something healthy, of course. Cucumbers and avocados on a bed of salad with low-fat Italian, an apple with peanut butter, and Greek yogurt. Perf. Pack up my laptop, find some decently warm clothes to wear for the day, and out the door I go at 7:15 a.m. It's always a mad dash between brewing at least one cup of coffee and remembering everything I need between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.. The day has begun

Workout at 7:30. Check. By 9:00 a.m., I'm dressed and ready for a snack. Convocation starts at 10:00 a.m., so I have a few minutes for a brisk walk to the Vines Center and a chat with my friend. The service ends by 11:00 a.m., and I have approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to finish any pending homework for my 12:35 p.m.. class - Business 465, Exporting. To the library I go! After 50 minutes of lecturing and conversing about tariffs, globalization, and business transactions, I climb a flight of stairs to my Honors Thesis class. That's all it is. I write a 25 page thesis by Feb., and the teacher is content for the rest of the semester. Wonderful class. Check the time - 2:45 p.m.. It's Monday, so that means a home cooked meal and friends are awaiting my arrival at a local Lynchburg home.

For the next 3 hours, it's homework time. Reading. Lots of reading. Marketing, Strategic Management, Christian Perspectives on Global Missions - a few dozen pages later, and it's dinner time! Yum! My favorite part of the day. Stuffed and content, I drive my friend to her CAP event at 6:37 p.m.. ON. THE. DOT. There's no joking around with these times - it's essential. :) Return back by 7:15 p.m.., pack my things up, and head back to the gym. Cardio time. Fast forward one hour and I am greeted by this guy.

My friend put this on my apartment door to welcome me home to Lynchburg. It's safe to say that I don't plan on taking it down anytime soon.

8:20 p.m.., and I'm usually back home. Time for apartment cleaning, a nice shower, and any missed homework. A typical Monday. Tuesdays are worse, but Friday's are usually less extensive. I write all of these crazy amazing details to explain that college takes DISCIPLINE. Let me rephrase that - Um, college is early mornings, time managing, calendar planning, relationship building, note-taking, book reading, late-nighting, paper writing, treadmill running, weight lifting, and spiritual Yes, FUN. I'm NOT saying it's not hard. College is a lot of things, but it is definitely not a walk in the park. 

It's all about the balance  -

  1. Mentally: Learn to be on top of your studies -  Know when things are due. Write down daily readings in a planner and think about when you have to time to complete everything throughout the day. Study. Study, Study. It's what you're here for. That degree is only worth as much as you learn from it. For me, I'm trying to comprehend the business world. What are the key terms? How do I open a business? How do I export goods? What barriers might arise in manufacturing a new product? I'm learning the answers.
  2. Physically - If I can give one nugget of advice, it's to make sure your body is as strong as your mind is becoming. Don't turn into that freshman that eats whatever new pizza is in the cafeteria or walks only to class and the dorm. Find time for a 30 minute bike ride in the gym or even just lifting some weights at night. The surge of energy is so worth the early mornings. 
  3. Socially: If you're a type A, "super study-er," school might become more important than people. It did to me, for more than two years. Finally, I realized that these relationships, my ability to choose my friends and girls over some frivolous school-related things,  captured the kingdom-centered school that I attend. If you're a type B, 'socialize all day and study basically never' type of person, DISCIPLINE has not yet found it's way into your life. Find a balance. Learn to say "No" to activities when a paper is due the next day, but don't waste your life just for an 'A' that probably could be earned in a different, balanced way. 
  4. Spiritually: A personal relationship with Jesus is just that - Personal. In between my 6:47 a.m. mornings and usual midnight evenings, I simply stop for 20-30 minutes to open God's Word, read a devotional book, or just tell God what's on my mind. If this area is out of DISCIPLINE, most other areas will be too. HE sure makes things align pretty straight when we put Him first. 

So, I encourage you to practice DISCIPLINE now. Get up earlier to exercise. Start using a planner, Grab a devotional book to get back into God's Word. Spend as much of your time managing your time like most of you manage your Facebook (Yes, I went there). And that, my friends, is my Word of the Week. 

"The first and best victory is to conquer self." - Plato, Greek Philosopher

It's Biblical. Hebrews 12:11.

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