Purpose Drives Discipline

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”  Hebrews 12:11

Lazy.  The first word that comes to mind.  I’m Lazy.  I can excuse my action by exhaustion, disease, kids, life.  If I boil it all down…lazy.  I am hindered and distracted by convenience.  The convenience that comes from technology. The convenience created by super stores.  I am spoiled.  Spoiled by how close they are, by how easy it is to come by items, or look them up.  I have begun to order more items online, which is super awesome for an introvert, no need to even step out my front door.  Our dog food is ordered online. Our cleaning supplies are ordered online.  And, I’m sure our food and possibly clothes will soon follow.  What happened to simple?  Was life ever truly simple?  Or was it all just as complicated but in a different way?

I often read books of facts (not really one for fiction, I leave that to the movies) and come across phrases like, “it was a simpler time back then.”  The age of innovation.  A simpler time?  I don’t classify the age that NASA went to the moon, the first computer was first put to work, the development of the home computer, the creation of TV and later color TV to be a simple time.  All of our technology hit a boom and then suddenly we find ourselves surrounded by amazing creations of convenience.  We can talk to someone across the world within moments with no switchboard operator, no code needed to translate the words. It’s all sent instantly and scientifically by air to outer space and then back again! The words you speak over your cell phone travel farther than it takes you to get to your favorite store.  But what brought about these amazing changes in a very short period of time?

My sister recently said something that has really stuck with me, a profound moment of wisdom; “Purpose Drives Discipline.”  Purpose drove David Packard and Bill Hewlett in 1939 to develop a computer out of their Palo Alto, California garage.  The Vostok program produced the first human in spaceflight history; on April 12, 1961 the Vostok 3KA was launched, sending Soviet Yuri Gagarin into space.   Purpose drove Walt Disney to create Disneyland – a place where families could play together – which opened on July 17, 1955. (Fun fact, did you know that Walt Disney ordered several of David Packard and Bill Hewlett garage computers to use for sound in his cartoons.)   Imagine what life would have been like without people of purpose like John D Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Andrew Carnegie. They led the oil, car, and metal industry in their time.  They pushed and developed. They had purpose and discipline. They created the monopolies that defined North America.

I’m a movie and cartoon lover.  There is a movie/cartoon that sticks out in my head as I type this letter.  Robots.  It’s a story about a young robot who went to a big city to become an inventor.  As a child robot he would watch the robot inventor he looked up to on TV, and that robot had a saying, “See a need, fill a need.”   That is just another way to say, purpose drives discipline which drives development.  Development may apply to emotional, physical, or mental developments.  You could push yourself to become physically fit or to become more knowledgeable, to create something by writing or engineer a new tool, toy, or cloth.  But without purpose and a lack of discipline you are stuck in the chair you are sitting in now.  Stuck in the same place you have always been.  Your reward is lost. Your purpose undefined.

It is so much easier for me to sit here reading a book about great acts and amazing creations than it is for me to get up and make my dreams and desires a reality.  It takes purpose, a need, to drive the discipline used to fill that need.   And discipline is like a wild horse,  a rare form and hard teacher, but once your through the ache and injury of training (disciplining yourself and the horse to work together) that wild horse becomes something beautiful in form and behavior. Suddenly your gliding with grace and stability, having laid a foundation that will last forever and benefit both horse and rider for years to come.

Simpler times. I don’t think they existed. Not really.  Distractions, though different, were just as common.  But what has changed is the lack of discipline to raise anything but our entertainment.  The Gilded Age, the Age of Innovation, because of such we sit in an Age of Entertainment.  We are so distracted and so misinformed that we’ve lost the very fuel needed to progress forward.  There are few people in this world that leave behind legacies only because they never developed discipline.  They failed, not in life, but in personal responsibility.   Purpose comes in millions of forms.  A mother, a father, a sister or brother, a singer, a designer, a cleaner, an adviser, a preacher…the list goes on.  So you’re a janitor. You have the potential to define and change the career field for everyone that comes behind you.  Find your purpose where you are and make discipline your constant companion and you will be amazed at the legacy, great or small, you could leave behind.   A short time of pain leads to a long time gain.  Find your purpose and develop your discipline; fight for your life!  Pull your head out of fantasy and engage in reality. Watch the development of purpose begin to arise. Then bind with it discipline so that your legacy will be fullness of life in the least and the progress of development for you or others at most.

I leave you with this thought, given by a man who had big dreams, who didn’t care how much he failed, only that he chanced succeeding. “If you can dream it, you can do it!”  – Walt Disney.  We travel to space and we visit other planets and moons.  We fly across country and around the world. We have color tv and talk on cell phones. All these things were once deemed impossible by others of small vision, lack of purpose, and no discipline.  So find your purpose and develop discipline…never give up. You’ll be amazed at what you accomplish even if it feels like you are failing over and over again.  Lead by example.  If you leave no other legacy than that, let the people around you, your kids for example, see your purpose, discipline, and faith.  Perhaps your legacy is a child that will become our next Rockefeller, Einstein, Disney, Reagan, or Trump.  Only you have the power to define your future and the future of those around you.

Purpose drives discipline – discipline drives development – development drives innovation – innovation drives change.  If you can’t find your purpose, give yourself one.  Don’t be afraid of pain, its only temporary.  Be afraid of nothing; no progress, no innovation, no development, no change, no fulfillment, no faith.

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”  Hebrews 12:11

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