Paul the Apostle says “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Schedule your life. Set hourly, daily, weekly, yearly and life time goals. Create a morning and afternoon routine. Early to bed, early to rise; makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise. Stay focused on you daily goals and your long term goals will take care of themselves. This daily schedule should include time for you to spend on your body, mind and spirit. My daily routine starts with the basic shower, breakfast and Bible study. Then its off to work. My afternoon regiment includes exercise, reading and chores. A must read is the book of Proverbs. For you rookies it comes right after Psalms which is in the center of your Bible. The key is to stay busy and learn how to entertain yourself. Stay away from television and video games until all homework and household responsibilities are complete. I for one never liked TV, because you sit there and live someone else’s life instead of your own. If you occasionally still find yourself with the blues, go clean your room.
Organize your life. Dispose of clutter that bogs you down. Give away clothes and other items you do not use. When your world is organized around you, your thoughts become more organized too. Stay focused on the events at hand, don’t let your mind wonder. Schedule events way in advance to help keep you busy. Always have plenty of reading material around.
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrew 12:7-11