I was listening to a pastor give a sermon on television the other day and it was as if time stood still when he made the comment, “Your discipline determines your destiny.” My mind immediately went to a dream I had several months ago.
I was on a basketball team and all I was interested in was getting on the court with my teammates to play. Our uniforms were grey and bland. Our pre-game warm up was mediocre at best and if we did play, our game would have been even worse (I woke up before we played). We didn’t have any plays, but figured we could wing it and make things happen. Oh, yeah. We didn’t even have a coach.
Not so for the other team. Even in their pre-game warm up it was highly apparent they came with a mission and that was to win. Their coach was a strong leader and with all eyes fixed on him, they followed his every command. From the number of people on their squad and their unity as a team to their bold colored uniforms and intense pre-game practice, this team had a spirit of excellence about them. And though it drew the attention of the crowd that came to watch the game, it was intimidating to us to say the least.
This is the type of preparation we all need. When we practice our game and strive to have a spirit of excellence in all that we do, we put ourselves in the coveted position of winning even before the game is played. Our reputation will precede us. Discipline certainly does determine one’s destiny.