He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.
I’ve never heard a coroner put it like this.
“He died for lack of discipline.”
But it’s true, isn’t it? It happens all the time.
“Had he not had those bad eating habits . . . “
“Had he exercised his heart rate up just a little bit 3 times a week. . . “
“Had he just not gotten on the computer at night time. . . “
“Had he just not checked his phone while he was driving. . . “
“Had he told his wife that he loved her just once a day . . . “
“Had he just led his family in prayer a couple of nights a week . . .”
“Had he just read his Bible for 10 minutes in the morning. . . “
“Had he just come home from the office earlier . . .”
“Had he just put a little money away in savings. . . “
“Had he just not gone to the liquor store after their fight. . .”
“Had he just not walked by her desk every day . . .”
On and on and on we could go.
We never hear a coroner declare the cause of death as lack of discipline. But oh how often it is the case! Maybe not always physical death – but personal, relational, financial, occupational deaths happen all the time due to a lack of daily discipline.
Most of the time, it’s the little things. The little things we do and the little things we don’t do that make all the difference. What separates the “should’s” from the “should not’s”? Discipline.
Where’s your area of folly? What do you need to adjust?
Do it now. Don’t let the lack of an easy thing be what ultimately kills you.