“In reading about the lives of great people, I found that self-discipline came first with all of them. What is self-discipline? The dictionary defines it as bringing oneself under control. The word self-control comes from the Greek root word meaning “to grip” or “take hold of” This word describes people who are willing to take hold of their lives and take control of areas that will bring them success or failure. The disciplined person is the person who can do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. The disciplined person is the person who can live in the appropriateness of the hour. The extreme ascetic and the glutton have exactly the same problem: they cannot live appropriately; they cannot do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. The disciplined person is the free person.”

By Richard J Foster, Reasons to Be Glad