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Disciplining Ourselves For The Eternal Prize
1 Corinthians 9:26-27

How to Attain Peace of Mind Tranquility and ContentmentJames sat on his couch, trying to watch another movie, trying to relax from a good, productive day. He had worked and then exercised and felt that he deserved a break. He felt awake, but before he knew it, he was asleep on the couch again. Waking up, he realized that inside, there was a war going on. One part was telling that he should get in the bed, but, the other part was telling him that he was younger than he was. James thought that  he could continue to push his body like he used to when he was younger. James felt alert and so he stayed on the couch. 

After falling asleep twice, he wondered what was happening. He had control over his body. He used to be able to physically keep going when sick, tired and even function on less sleep. Exercise was something that James just did. He was used to shaking things off. His thought was that "sleep is for the weak" and “no pain no gain.” In short, pushing through things was what he was used to doing.

Now, after falling asleep three times without feeling sleepy, James knew that it was certain that he needed to get up and get in the bed. So, with a lot of effort, he pulled himself up and realized that he was lethargic as he stumbled to get  ready for bed, went to the bedroom and immediately fell asleep once his head hit the pillow.

Disciplining his body needed to change. Eating better, exercising differently and getting more sleep was the new discipline that James needed put in place.He knew that it was going to be a struggle. He realized that he was going to get off track, but he was determined to keep going. He had to bring his body into a new type of discipline. 

As James started on his journey to a new way of living, he tried to tell others about the need to take better care of themselves, especially if they didn’t want to be in the same physical, mental and emotional condition that he was in. But, who would listen to him and why would they listen to him? Another thought came to mind. It was a passage that said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.”1 Corinthians 4:16) Paul was still on the journey, with his failures and asked people to follow him. The struggle was real, but people saw that he was trying, and so they followed him.

James concluded that, in order for people to listen to him, he had to walk the walk and talk the talk, even with his failures. He was trying and all that he could ask people to do is at least try with him.

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