your desire determine your goal
your desire reflects your value system
human body has many innate desires
some are ok, some are sinful
weak person has stronger desires
human body desire are typically short term
without goal, life is meaningless and painful
with goal, you can transcend pain, you will feel joyful and satisfaction whenever you move closer to that direction
but in the process, you will also have to suffer, you will feel incompetence, out of control, burn out, frustration,
then you need desire to drive you though all the difficulties
you also need energy, need accompany, need wisdom
be strong, be good, be wise
avoid short term stimulation, like something leads to addition, that will strip your capability to desire your long term goal.
that’s why you should always put God first, align your desire under God’s value system
God’s value system brings life
Human value system brings death
That’s why you have to hit yourself (yesterday’s bible study, colossians 8), discipline yourself.
discipline means working towards your long term goal, sacrifice your short term human desire
otherwise, you will become a slave of your human desire and lose your capacity to achieve your goal
yesterday, the bible study leader also pointed out a good point: unlike the world race, in which only a single person get reward. christian is running heavenly race, and only compare with his old self.
The Need for Self-Discipline
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.