Let the concept of “discipline is correction driven by love” sink in for just a moment.
Discipline is Correction Driven By Love
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Pastor Nolan came to MOPS a couple weeks back. He talked about parenting and discipline. He gave us two foundations for discipline; one being that which is correction driven by love.
I know nothing about discipline (yet!) as it relates to parenting. The most discipline I have to give the baby is, “Seriously, Sam, stop breaking my heart with that smile.”
I do, however, know a thing or two (or a hundred) about discipline as it relates to food and more importantly as that food-discipline relates to healing the gut.
Gosh, you’re so disciplined. I could never eat the way you do.
If I had a nickel for every time I have heard that….
Discipline isn’t something we do to ourselves, but rather it’s something we do for ourselves….under one condition: that it’s done out of love.
In high school, college and even beyond then, my food discipline was driven by hate, even though I would never have described it as such back then.
I hated a lot about myself. I fueled that with food discipline. Ironically, even the things I did eat proved that hate, not love, were ultimately being practiced.
Back in the day, “discipline” was:
- little food
- consequences for eating food
- eating only fat-free, sugar-free, “Weight-Watchers-ish” type chemically-packaged products
The “discipline” I practice today is:
- food, real food
- fat, lots of fat
- quality, no compromises
- healing, not diets
Discipline, not deprivation. Huge difference.
We all have motivations for the way we eat and the way we live. But ask yourself:
Is what I’m doing driven by love or hate?
That answer could be key in your healing or not healing.
I feel far from deprived.
My gut and my body are not perfect, but I continue to get better. I am finally giving my body what it was so desperate for for 21+ years.
Don’t be fooled, my current discipline driven from love is not easy. Then again, neither was the former discipline.
I’ll choose love over hate any day.
You will heal. I will help.