Scripture: Prov. 29:1-3 " One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be shattered instantly - beyond recovery. When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan. A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with the wrong people destroys his wealth."
The outcome for a person who rejects God's wisdom stands in stark contrast to the future for God's people who have placed their trust in Him. Those who walk with God will FLOURISH as the Lord works in them. As a result, their families and their communities will REJOICE. When the righteous walk in God's wisdom, everyone benefits.
Conversely, the individual who lives an undisciplined life and makes foolish choices depletes the family of its resources. That person can expect a heartbreaking fate. Self-indulgence puts people on a path of living that is focus on satisfying their lusts. Whatever the form of lusts, the outcome always takes the shape of destruction.
Too often we view discipline as a penalty rather than a benefit. When we say NO to one thing we are saying yes to something else. The athlete says no to unhealthy food so he can say yes to finishing a marathon. The farmer says no to prolonged naps at harvest time so he can say yes to in-gathering the harvest. Living with discipline puts us in the position to flourish spiritually and relationally.