At the gym today, I had a thought: What would our world look like if people exhibited self control? Would we need fad diets or personal trainers(?), gyms would be consistently filled -not just at the New Year, credit card debt and general debt would be much lower, in some cases certain diseases would be much less encompassing, we would regain so much lost time, marriages and families may not be in such a state of destruction, and much much more I'm sure.
Everyone of us have the ability to exhibit self control. I think so often we easily forget how to control situations and make conscious decisions and efforts to control ourself. Most of us can remember being kids and giving the "I don't know why I did ________" answer. So often we just let life happen. Thus, end up walking into sin; so often, those life controlling sins.
It's funny (sad) because in such a 'self' driven society, the control of the self is something so many of us carelessly let slip away. In the New Testament you will find instructions reminding Christians to use self-control, all for the purpose of avoiding sin. In 1 & 2 Peter, Colossians, Galatians, Titus, 1 & 2 Timothy, 1 Corinthians and the Old Testament Proverbs, God uses writers to challenge followers to live with self control.
I challenge us all, revisit our use of self control. Maybe there is an app that needs to be deleted, a book that needs to be read, a bed time that needs to be met, an early hour needed to wake (for mediation, scripture reading & prayer), a phone that needs to be turned off, a credit card that needs to be destroyed, a drink that needs to be poured out, a meal that needs to be skipped, a meeting with an accountability partner, a couch that needs to be sat on less, a Bible that needs to be opened more, a child that needs more attention,... We can go on and on listing items that we could improve on, if only we showed more self control (preaching to myself).
I am thankful for the passages from the bible that remind me of how God wants to protect us from ourselves. But we have to listen to his voice. The only way we can here sometime is by focusing our life on him...using self control.
Proverbs 25:28 -A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.