Basic Training: ”Honor and Discipline”

By Kimberly Taylor

What words are resonating with you this morning?

Here is a little known fact about me: I almost joined the Navy.

A Naval officer tried to recruit me when I was in nursing school, saying that I could enter the Navy as a lieutenant if I joined the Navy Nurse Corps (this was back in the 80s).

The recruiter even came to my house to talk with me but when I discovered that I had to learn shoot weapons (guns freaked me out back then), I changed my mind!

Not only that, but I can’t swim.

Still, I have always admired military personnel for their dedication to a cause and for the discipline to stay ready to fight for it.

One morning as I was about to eat breakfast and exercise, 2 words keep echoing in my spirit: ”Honor” and ”Discipline.”

As Christians, our lives on Earth are basic training for eternity.

The Lord is our Commander. The Bible contains our marching orders and it tells us:

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

– Hebrews 4:13

Because we will give account for what we have done in these Earthly bodies someday, the wisest thing we can do is fix our hearts on honoring the Lord and ordering our lives with discipline (following a daily path of instruction).

The struggle is real, but it is also right.

Living with Honor and Discipline

The concept of living in service to a righteous cause reminds me of 2 Timothy 2:2-4

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

As a committed follower of Jesus, you recognize that you may have some hard days.

However, you rely on the Lord’s strength to get you through those days, believing that you are serving a great cause: To share Jesus with lost people who need salvation.

Otherwise, they will perish!

That is a honorable cause that leading a disciplined life supports.

Follow with Jesus

When Jesus says ”Follow me,” I have learned that it means ”Follow with me.”

Jesus doesn’t throw you into the deep water of life and say, ”Swim kid!”

He is with you every step of the way, day-by-day, supplying what you need (peace, wisdom, strength, power, etc.) at the moment that you need it through the power of the Holy Spirit in you!

That is what makes His grace so amazing.

So, what words are resonating with you today? Please share in the comments!

Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?

I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered the truth of this statement:

“Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald

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Kimberly Taylor

About the author

Kimberly Taylor has a heart to encourage others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22 herself, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She dropped over 85 pounds through renewing her mind with Biblical principles.

  • Being a Navy Brat, I wanted to join the Navy too, but my Dad talked me out of it….then I wanted to go to school to be a nurse also until I saw some blood and changed my mind…(this was in the 60″s) so needless to say I did what any American girl would do I went to college, then work , then married and had children…. Life worked out I believe the way God wanted it too, and I wouldn’t change all but a few things…..LOL….Ms Spicy.

  • “Follow with me.” Jesus is with me always. He will never leave me, and He empowers me for right living and sharing the gospel through the Holy Spirit.

    • Amen, Nicky – we have everything we need for victory. The Lord says that He has begun a good work and will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. We can do nothing without Him but with Him, we can do everything He calls us to do!

  • “As long as pride rules me, God cannot heal me.” This resonates with me. Thank you for all your good instruction.

  • Stress eating, I’m helping my aging parents daily. They always have food in the house ( esp sweets from what people bring) I drink 1-3 glasses of wine most nights, I know that’s not what I should do because of alcoholism in family. I also sit in recliner too much at my house because I’m busy at my parents house. I am 64 and I want to get control of my life. I attend church regularly but I don’t pray or read scriptures daily.

    • Hi Becky, the good news is that the Lord is with you, whatever your circumstances. He gives you everything you need to live victoriously and overcome. My prayer is that He open your eyes to the wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him and that you obtain all the riches in Christ that belong to you. Since you mentioned Bible reading, the I recommend the book of Ephesians because it is so important to see ourselves as God sees us. Plus, that will show you everything you have in Jesus so that you walk in it day by day. Stay blessed, Sister!

  • This is timely! I’ve always struggled with my weight loss program, but I think I should also honor my body by not throwing in every unhealthy and junk food. Thanks Kimberly.

    • I agree, Grace! And you will enjoy your life more and better be able to share the life of Christ with others. A win/win all around 🙂

  • Work on being committed to exercising daily has been a struggle before. With the help of the Holy Spirit I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.

  • The word “discipline” is standing out for me. That “self-control” is a fruit of the Spirit. My desire to stop getting in the way of the strong seed that has been sown in me…such that it can grow into a strong tree…withstanding storms…and offering shade, shelter and food to those whom the Lord would place on the path running adjacent to my Spirit-fed roots.

  • Ha,ha…A little known fact about me 🙂 I joined the Army as a surgical assistant, but as a conscientious objector so I wouldn’t have to carry a weapon. Guns freaked me out then too! Later, however, a soldier convinced me of the importance to the other soldiers to know that we were able to protect ourselves if our hospital was overrun, so I learned how to fire a weapon. But when I became a follower of Jesus, I took up sword fighting 🙂 Putting on the full armor of God, carrying the sword of the Spirit, and the shield of Faith to quench the fiery darts of the enemy. Slightly different type of surgery, but both a special blessing in my life.

    • I LOVE this perspective, Debra! While guns did freak me out then, I have since learned to use a weapon properly for self-defense. So I can use both types of weapons – natural and Spiritual 🙂 Stay blessed, Sister. I appreciate your service to our country so much!

  • I need to take back my temple & keep it, clean eating, strength to Fast (when called to) & just an
    Over All Tank for Christ
    & Vessel for the Holy Spirit to work through…IN JESUS NAME…this is my prayer! ❤️

    • Amen, Stephanie! I touch and agree with you that the Lord will give you wisdom and strength each day as you walk out your journey of wellness in Him!

  • The most profound truths are always simple. May we internalize these truths as we live them out in our day to day lives!

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