What is Discipline?

WHAT IS DISCIPLINE?

By Amy Carmichael

 

When I refuse the easy thing for love of my dear Lord,

And when I choose the harder thing for love of my dear Lord,

And do not make a fuss or speak a single grumbling word,

That is discipline.
When everything seems going wrong and yet I will not grouse,

When it is hot, and I am tired, and yet I will not grouse,

But sing a song and do my work in school and in the house,

That is discipline.
When Satan whispers, “Scamp your work–to say to him, “I won’t,

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When Satan whispers, “Slack a bit”–to say to him, “I won’t,

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To rule myself and not to wait for others’ “Do” and “Don’t”

That is discipline.
When I look up and triumph over every sinful thing,

The things that no one knows about–the cowardly, selfish things–

And when with heart and will I live to please my glorious King;

That is discipline.
To trample on that curious thing inside me that says “I,

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To think of others always–never, never of that “I,

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To learn to live according to my Savior’s word, “Deny”,

That is discipline.

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