The featured picture is of the beautiful Ella Sanford. As a blogger that writes devotionals and beauty blogs inspired by faith, I decided I would share her art form. I had the pleasure of being her make-up artist as I worked with photographer, Hal Todd. In her featured picture and the additional poses, the readers will witness her gracefulness yet it comes from minutes, hours, days, and years of practicing her art form. Although her dance and acrobatic exercises are graceful, she packs power and strength that is the result of a disciplined lifestyle and commitment to her craft. She has matured in her acrobatics aerobatics due her consistency.
As a makeup artist, I remember certain looks I had to practice and no matter how many networks, celebrities, photoshoots, brides, and women and teens seeking such seasoned experience for their events, I must continue hone my craft, further my education and gain knowledge of products.
Just as I progress in skills in my craft and passion, it is shared by anyone who desires to be seasoned and a skilled professional. We must remain relevant. It takes practice and focus. Doing such, does not require a certain age. Discipline maybe costly yet it is even more costly not to remain discipline. Not doing so is a cost one cannot afford. Discipline produces maturity, maturity produces discipline. There is a saying, the seeds we plant today is tomorrow’s harvest.
Definition of maturity
1 : the quality or state of being mature; especially : full development
There is power and beauty in maturity that is both admonished and admired. Maturity also can be almost repulsive or produce resentment to those who are immature. Sometimes, for the immature, it comes as an indictment yet it should not. We can see that Esau was impulsive and his lack of discipline was too costly. He had the “the birthright blessing” and short-term appetite and foresight caused him to make an unrecoverable error. Maturity and discipline are gifts we are placed into practice daily. Let us not be foolish in being seasoned ambassadors of Christ. Unlike Esau, we do not want to trade the long-standing promises for short-term appetites (example: laziness, fits and starts, impulsive, & unsteadiness)
Hebrews 12: 16, 17 The Message Bible: Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears.
Hebrews 12; 16 and [see to it] that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that later on, when he wanted [to regain title to] his inheritance of the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance [there was no way to repair what he had done, no chance to recall the choice he had made], even though he sought for it with [bitter] tears.
There will always be areas to be strengthened in. Hebrews 12 admonishes us to have discipline in this long race called life. (Hebrews 12:1 Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,) The beauty of maturity lies in a discipline life. This can be found in the book of Ephesians.
Ephesians 4. “I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.”
Here we find that it is time out for fits and starts yet a consistent (diligent discipline practice) of pouring ourselves out for each other in acts of love. It is cautionary that we do not get weary of the call to steadily …and mark that you (we) do this with humility and discipline.
Remember, God never makes a request or requirement of us if he has not empowered us to do so. Sure, we cannot practice this type of discipline within our own efforts. In Hebrews chapter 3 – We are strengthened that Jesus is the Centerpiece for Everything we believe. We can be faithful in everything God gives us. Our example is Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 3 shares: So, my dear Christian friends, companions in following this call to the heights, take a good hard look at Jesus. He’s the centerpiece of everything we believe, faithful in everything God gave him to do