Ordered discipline

The tiny squeak I heard was the bedroom door. As I look to see a little pair of eyes peeking through the opening, I hear, “I just checking on you, Mama.”

My laptop had barely switched to working on battery power and my work had already been suspended. But it is a sweet suspension. I told Graham that I needed to be alone. That way, I could get my work done much quicker and get back out into the thick of things at Camp Anderson. I handled it effectively, and, I think, without much fanfare. Graham seemed to understand. Of course, he did briefly pop back in to show me he had “combed” his hair.

I wonder how similar that is to an office manager who tries to work on some paperwork, you know the TPS reports, and gets interrupted. I can’t imagine losing your train of thought is much different in a corporate setting. What I certainly have in my favor working from home is that I love the people coming between me and my work. I’m also not mindlessly filling out meaningless paperwork.  I hope I’m connecting with you in a way you can relate to. I hope I’m providing you with some good information. I hope I’m making good use of your time and giving you something of value.

Isn’t that what a good leader does? A good boss does? Doesn’t a good boss give you some tools to do your job properly? Well, I’m surely not your boss, but I do humbly hope I’m sharing with you some good stuff - little bits and pieces of information on living and working and working for a living. I figure if we can share what we’ve learned, we can help each other on this journey of balancing the checkbook and prioritizing the entries we put in it.

There are many lessons to be learned from leading in the home and still working (paid) from the home. One of the most important is discipline. My computer’s dictionary defines discipline as good behavior, orderliness, control, obedience; self-control, self-discipline, self-government, self-restraint. Wow, that’s tough stuff. It’s tough, but it’s true. 

Managing people, whether they are family or not, requires all these things and more. If I don’t exhibit good behavior, how can I expect my kids to behave well. If I don’t have a sense of order about my day, about the kid’s schoolwork, about the housework and about the work-work, how will I even know where to begin? How will my kids know what to do? When will we eat our next meal?

I’m a big fan of order. But as much as I love it, I still need to be better at it. A lot better, sometimes. And what about control, obedience and self-discipline? These actions apply more to the one in charge than the ones under the charge. As with any management position, I must have some control over my feelings and attitude. It’s sad, but it’s sometimes easier to lose control and get angry with those we love the most. Self-restraint is essential to keeping the ship sailing smoothly as well as keeping me from jumping overboard.

Despite how politically correct we have become, I must tell you obedience is also vital. Because I am a Christian, I believe I have a calling from Christ upon my life. That calling includes being Keith’s wife, Page’s mom and Graham’s mommy. I am also called to use what I write as a media ministry. My calling also includes being these things and doing these things out of my home. And as I yield to the One doing the calling, as I obey, I find myself more free to pursue life happily and with purpose. We must also yield to those in authority at our jobs and in all sorts of other areas.

What are you called to? Is there something you need to be more focused on? Do you need more discipline, order and self-government? I do. 

The Bible tells us about discipline. Proverbs 12:1 puts in plainly. It says, Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

Nothing like getting to the point.

In 2 Timothy 1:7, the Apostle Paul writes, For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

A little more eloquent and encouraging. Yet, both verses are helpful. Sometimes I need a swift kick in the rear and sometimes I need more of a gentle whisper to nudge me toward the greater good. These Christian principles of discipline hold true in the Christian realm as well as the secular world. After all, true is true is true.