Counting the Omer - Day 9

We’re in the second week of the 49-day Counting of the Omer. As I shared earlier, Aish HaTorah, an excellent Orthodox Jewish organization, has organized this counting around 7 important character traits that are part of all humanity. In preparation for Shavuot, when we received the Torah as a united nation, many people use the Omer to improve their character traits and their sense of unity as a People of God.

I am interacting with some of Aish’s ideas, adding some comments from the B’rit Hadashah (the New Covenant) and offering some personal ideas. 

The first week focused on chesed, loving-kindness, and provided 7 easy ways to develop this character trait. The second week of the Counting looks at gevurah, discipline, and offers some easy-to-take steps to develop this character trait a bit better.

Day 9 ― Gevurah of Gevurah: Discipline in Discipline

2 Timothy 1:7 CJB: “For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.” 
Rabbi Paul shares that when we receive God’s Spirit, it leads to a more disciplined life. Chaos and disorder are not part of the life of a child of God. Before the Creation, the world was tohu v’bohu, “unformed” and “chaotic.” But, when he created the world, God gave it order. The Torah, itself, is given to help humanity bring more order and discipline to our lives.

From Aish—Examine the discipline factor of discipline: Is my discipline reasonably restrained or is it excessive? Do I have enough discipline in my life and in my interactions? Am I organized? Is my time used efficiently? Why do I have problems with discipline and what can I do to enhance it? Do I take time each day for personal accounting of my schedule and accomplishments?

Exercise for the day: Make a detailed plan for spending your day and at the end of the day see if you’ve lived up to it.

I find that when I make a to-do list for each day, and often a to-do list for each week, it helps me stay focused toward my goals. There’s even excellent software to help us do that. Consider making such a list today and every day. Discipline is an excellent character trait to develop.