Column: It takes discipline to be a winner

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By Brian Miracle

"No discipline seems enjoyable at the times, but painful later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11

As a baseball coach, something that I stress is having good plate discipline.

With good plate discipline, you as a hitter can control the at bat - don't give up anything to the pitcher that would otherwise be a ball.

A good 2-0 count is better to hit with than a 0-2 count. When the pitcher gets behind, he will stay with a fastball 99% of the time. Taking a ball or taking a pitch that you were guessing on is good plate discipline.

Discipline pays dividends, whether you’re playing baseball, football, basketball, golf or just in every day life.
God doesn't reward laziness or misbehavior; He has called us to be a proactive people. Just like in Matthew 28:19; it says, "GO.”

He doesn't say wait a little while then go... Or when you finish this you may go. He literally says, "Go now!"

Today we live in a society which leisure, "doing enough," is glorified or praised by others.

To get to the next level when it comes to athletics, it takes being disciplined in something.

In order to get to the next level, when it comes to our faith, discipline is one of the most important things.

This is where we grow in our faith. We are disciplined in reading our bibles, praying, being accountable and being a witness to others.

With discipline we see fruit from the work we do.

When we put all these things together it makes our faith stronger.

Think about some famous athletes for a minute.

Do you think their greatest victories just happen to fall into their laps? No.

Great accomplishments take hard work, and with hard work comes discipline!

So this week, I challenge you to show discipline in everything that you do.

Strive to do better in all aspects of life, especially your spiritual life!

"As we seek to become disciples of Jesus Christ, we should never forget that the word disciple is directly related to the word discipline. To be a disciple of The Lord Jesus Christ is to know his discipline." -Dennis Swanberg