I always like to think I am a self-controlled person. I don’t let my emotions get too out of control. I’m disciplined about taking care of myself. I don’t let my thoughts go crazy. However, there are certain things that show me how little I know about self-control:
Enter Grandma’s Mudballs. As a child, my grandma Bertha only made these once a year, at Christmas. They really just are peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, but oh my are they good. My cousins and I would fight over the tin, and since I was the youngest for a while, and they were both boys and stronger, I lost a lot. Because of this, I think I have a sense of “I must eat them all!” whenever they are around, even though I’m the one that probably made them!
Dictionary.com defines self-control as, “
Titus encourages the leaders of the church in Titus 2:11-14, “11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
Today, I would encourage you to:
- Remember the grace you have been given
- Call on the Holy Spirit to prick your heart in areas where you might be trying to control things rather than surrendering the situation
- Praise God that He is in control of whatever situation or person you feel stressed about today.