Posts Tagged ‘self-control’

Encouragements Towards Self-Discipline

// June 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

I’m always looking for passages of scripture that will drive me to do greater things for Christ. This is also a helpful comment that draws the line between Christian self-discipline and asceticism, which is unbiblical. Here’s something I read recently: “…Christian discipline never despises earthly blessings, but consecrates them to spiritual ends. It permits their use with thanksgiving, but not their abuse. It sanctifies the physical by restraint and direction, offering the whole to God for sacrifice or service. It will not bow in slavery to the senses, but neither will it destroy them as evil. Its hallmark is not abstinence from God’s gifts, but temperance; but more than temperance, complete dedication to God’s glory.

True Christian discipline may at times deny itself God’s good gifts as rigorously as a hermit, but such denial will not be a means to holiness but a means of service. It will be practiced, not because the thing sacrificed is believed to be evil, but because the sacrifice in this particular instance is helpful in achieving a yet greater good. Some evangelists deliberately sacrifice marriage in order to be free to evangelize more effectively. In doing so they are casting no reflection on marriage itself; they are not rejecting marriage per se. Their celibate life is niehter a mark of holiness nor a means of holiness; it is simply a practical means to a greater liberty in roving evangelism.” The Discplined Life: The Mark of Christian Maturity by Richard S. Taylor

 

Oh yeah, since my last post on this site I greatly, greatly understate that by the grace of God He’s brought me into medical school, through my first year, and now into marriage to my lovely wife Kristen Dodd. 🙂 I’m thanking God that that’s the most understated sentence I’ve ever written. Lord, you’re amazing and greatly deserve all the glory!

Sleep Deprived

// April 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

A certain report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey lists Computer Programmer as the eighth-most-sleep-deprived occupation. Computer Programmer is actually the 7th most When I was working as an in-house Computer Programer full-time, I’d often come to work sleep deprived. There was a time when I had to tackle a very frustrating buffering algorithm for 3 or 4 months (maybe longer) and sometimes I’d nod off at my desk after beating my brains to figure out how to get the program to work.

My co-workers, who were medical off-staff completely with no such responsibilities, would wonder why I’d come to work so tired. Part of it was because in the evenings I was working on school-related things for 4-5 hours. The other part was because Programming is a very demanding profession! It takes quite a bit out of you! At times I could spend 2-3 hours programming something and 2-3 days trying to debug that program and figure out what went wrong.

However, the rewards I got from my experiences in programming were absolutely phenomenal. I learned how to problem-solve better than ever after learning Object Oriented Programming. I think the years of programming experience sharpened my reasoning skills. It really shows with trouble-shooting. During my internship I would solve complex problems related to IT and fix things that were way beyond my experience. I even did Networking. I previously had no experience with Networking beyond home-networking-related setup and troubleshooting before the internship. I actually had to reset servers, set up network-based antiviral systems, and debug really complicated network issues related to workstations and practice management sofware. People would comment on how IT-related problems that seemed brain-racking to them were a piece of cake for me after all those years of trouble-shooting and tackling difficult problems. My mother would joke “all you have to do is come over to my computer and it will start working again.

If only I could have gotten more sleep, I think that would have helped the debugging process quite a bit. lol

We Need Discipline

// April 19th, 2012 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

“When play… consumes a larger proportion of leisure time, money, conversation, and interest than is warranted by its cultural and recreative returns, then the play becomes the mark of a decadent age and the badge of softness rather than strength. … There was a time when intercollegiate debating drew big crowds.  Now the debates are held in side rooms, while the crowd cheers at the basketball game… the shift of excited popular interest from debates to basketball is a sign of cultural decline. … Apart from divine intervention, the nation which produces the most scientists and educators will dominate the world, not the nation that produces the best sportsmen.” Richard S. Taylor, The Disciplined Life