Discipline and order


Sometimes we rebel against rules when we are on the road of recovery. We may think discipline and order are not for free spirits like us.  We may think that rules limit our freedom.  But discipline and order are good things.   We can get stronger in many ways if we impose order upon our lives.  Otherwise we are formless.

If your leg is broken you put a cast on it to make it stronger. The cast gives it a shape to grow into so it doesn’t grow crooked. If you have a bonsai tree you carefully shape it with wires to make it have a beautiful shape. If you are pouring concrete you have to put a form down first so the concrete doesn’t spill over everywhere. You likewise need a form for tomatoes and peonies.  You have to give them something to grow up against so that they don’t fall over into the dirt.

When we impose a discipline to our lives we are making ourselves into disciples. We are making ourselves stronger by making ourselves fit into a particular form or mold, one that we know to be good for us. It isn’t something that is mandatory. We must choose to do this, to submit to this order.

It is just like with Peter when he was walking out on the water to Jesus, he said “Lord if you command me, I will go”. Peter needed to be commanded by Jesus in order to walk on the water. We too can work miracles like being free from substance abuse if we allow ourselves to be commanded by the right things.  We allow ourselves to be commanded by adopting order and discipline into our lives.  We aren’t giving up control or free will at all.  It is entirely up to us to welcome order into our lives.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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2 Responses to Discipline and order

  1. Jay Colby says:

    Great post & you have an amazing site!


    • Thanks again! I’m posting items here as I sort through them to put them in my next book, which will be called “Some for the Road” – it will be daily meditations on the road of recovery. I’m glad that the posts are to your liking!

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