“Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” (Proverbs 10:17, NIV)
In what things do we display “discipline”?
Is it in the practice of unceasing prayer? Is it in the practice of hospitality? Is it in a lifestyle of humility? Is it in the practice of valuing time in worship with others?
Know it or not; like it or not; our children, and our peers, and our co-workers, and our neighbors, and the casual stranger are watching us live our lives. Do they see within us a discipline that “shows the way to life”?
Conversely, when we ignore discipline and correction, our lives shift to a path that leads nowhere — and know it or not; like it or not; others follow.
Heeding the discipline of healthy and holy habits not only delivers us, but it delivers others to life, as well. – Luther