Traits of a Self-Disciplined Man

December 6, 2007

myoungfrontkick.jpgThe following list comes from Stever Farrar’s book, King Me, which if you haven’t read, I would highly recommend for fathers of boys. Fathers, think about these as you shepherd your sons.

1. A self-disciplined son learns to control his emotions and drives. In other words, he can put a cap on his anger and exercise control in his sex life.

2. A self-disciplined son respects authority, even when he doesn’t agree with it.

3. A self-disciplined son grasps the value of future reward over immediate gratification

4. A self-disciplined son has learned to see outside his own little world of his own needs. In fact, he sees it as his honor and duty to sacrifice to meet the needs of those he loves.

5. A self-disciplined son is a self-starter. He doesn’t need his mom to get him up every morning so that he won’t be late for his senior English class.

“Now these are goals, they don’t happen overnight. But when a dad faithfully, consistently works with his son – ‘trains him,’ as the Bible calls it – over the years of his son’s development into manhood, he will begin to see the fruit. (Farrar, 98)

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:11)

There is no greater joy than to see the fruit of discipline in your son’s life. There’s not greater happiness than when your son becomes his own disciplinarian.

And that’s when your son will take off like a self-propelling rocket.” (Farrar, 98)

*Disclaimer* – Being a Karate star does not necessarily mean you are self-disciplined. Also, being self-disciplined does not automatically make you a Karate star…

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