Discipline Vs. Grace
I woke up at 5 AM yesterday and killed the day. Today, I woke up at 5 AM and after an hour, went right back to sleep. The thing is I've always had a hard time with being Disciplined while giving myself Grace at the same time. I innately lean towards discipline over grace which means I can push myself too hard sometimes. I may get a lot of things done but in my unhealthy state, I always want to do more so I am never satisfied. Even though I killed it yesterday, my whole day is darkened by the fact that I failed to be disciplined today.
I believe we all lean towards one paradigm over the other. From my experience, I have seen both be very unhealthy and very healthy if utilized right.
Benefits of Discipline
- You can get things done!
- You are scheduled
Drawbacks of Discipline
- You tend to find value in what you do.
- You can get down on yourself if you fail to be disciplined
Benefits of Grace
- You don't find your value in the things you do
- You don't put too much pressure on yourself
Drawbacks of Grace
- You can give yourself so much Grace that you can lean towards laziness
Both Paradigms have their strengths and weaknesses. Now, I set strict goals like a disciplined person would do, but I try not to get down on myself when I fail to be disciplined by reminding myself that my value is not found in myself but in God. This simple reminder is something I have to speak over my life almost every day.