What character trait will help you the most when you are confronted with the many competing demands of church communications ministry?
Though many are useful, in our podcast today, we’ll look at what God’s word says about discipline—the character trait that is the foundation of all others.
Below is the podcast and below the podcast is a copy of the devotion.
Devotion #8 Verses on Discipline
The field of church communications is challenging in part because there are so many things to do and so many potential distractions in life, in the church office, and online.
The following verses, mostly from Proverbs, remind us of the importance of building the character trait of discipline into our lives. As you read through them, think about how you might apply them to your work in church communication.
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair. (Prov. 1:1-3)
He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. (Prov. 10:17)
He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. (Prov.15:32)
Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. (Prov. 25:28)
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. (Prov. 18:9)
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Eph. 5:15 -16)
Discipline is an essential skill for church communicators. Consciously work to make it part of your life.
That is the end of the devotion from my little book, but I wanted to add a few thoughts. It seems like our lives and world are getting more distracted and crazy by the day and in the midst of that, the discipline we need most to work on is to keep our eyes focused on Jesus.
He is the calm place in the midst of the storm. He has you safe no matter what storms swirl around you, no matter how many projects need to be done, no matter how few your resources.
When tempted to complain, pray; when tempted to accuse others of piling on work or not getting in materials on time, pray before you speak; when tempted to cry because it all seems like too much, find a quiet place and cry out in prayer.
I want to end with the first few verses in Heb. 12 that remind us of the benefit of the discipline of keeping our eyes on Jesus. This is from the Message translation:
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
From: Devotions for Church Communicators by Yvon Prehn