Discipline Leads to Happiness and Fulfillment


Our world sometimes seems torn between obsessions with either “spring breaks” or “spas.” For a Gemini like me, I enjoy the wonderful contrasts. “Spring breaks” stand for allowing anything and everything. All forms of restraint are abandoned, which leads to happiness, fulfillment and renewal – or so the ads would have us believe. Another set of ads tout the “spa” approach. Come for a week or two of deprivation and regimentation and, at the end, a “new you” will emerge – happy and fulfilled. In a more moderate version, most of us tend to gravitate toward the “spring break” approach to life: less restraint will make us happier and more fulfilled. Lent suggests we rethink that a bit: a healthy dose of discipline leads to happiness and fulfillment. It’s worth mentioning that the “big fulfillment” – the resurrection came through Jesus’ discipline of the cross. IJS.



Pick a particularly hard commandment today and focus on keeping that command for the whole day. See how much more alive you feel at the end of the day


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Isaiah 1:16-17

Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.


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