The key in solving life’s problems is discipline.

Life is a series of problems. This writer likes to call them “bumps in the road.”

When we come face-to-face with one bump and overcome it, wait awhile and another bump will come.

The key in solving life’s problems is discipline. It has been said, “Discipline is the basic set of tools required to solve life’s problems. Without discipline we can solve nothing.”

So, how does discipline help us solve our problems?

First, discipline shapes our character. With discipline we are able to face our problems with courage and strength! Where as procrastination keeps one from facing the reality in solving our problems.

Second, discipline motivates us. With discipline habits are formed, tools are acquired, and the final end is a life having overcome obstacles, trials, and setbacks. Paul encouraged Timothy in this very thing: “But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little.” (First Timothy 4:7, 8a).

In short, Paul says that discipline and godliness go hand-in-hand.

Finally, discipline matures us. Discipline is the tool that helps us finish every thing that we seek to accomplish. In doing so we mature as individuals in the process. So says the Hebrew writer: “My Son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He (chastises) every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:5,6).

As you begin a new year, start with discipline and see your world change for the better!

 Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ.