But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:7-8)
Weight Watchers is a good program, but it felt like torture to limit my daily food intake. However, it is amazing what happens at the end of a week where I track my food carefully, and exercise every day… I lose weight! What made it work that week? It wasn’t magic and it wasn’t a miracle pill. It was a rather old concept called self-control. I hope you’ve heard of it.
My grandmother used to sing a song, “Self-control is just controlling yourself,” which made it all seem rather simple. Most of us find a way to make controlling our impulses sound more difficult than neuroscience. Why is self control so difficult for us
Responsibility and accountability get in the way. It is so much simpler to blame someone else for “making” me mad. It was her fault for being so seductive. It was his fault for leaving that money in plain sight where it could be taken.
My friends, if we would worry less about controlling others and their reactions, and worry more about controlling our own tempers and selfish tendencies, don’t you think we’d have a lot less to do? We are compulsive controllers of everything but our own thoughts, words, and actions. Maybe it’s as simple as the song says… just control yourself. Focus on controlling “me.” Cooler heads will prevail and imagine what impact you can have by turning away wrath with a gentle answer (Proverbs 15:1).
Maybe it’s time to stop giving in to the selfish desire to bite back and lash out. Discipline is absolutely necessary in dieting and exercising. When you say “no” to that donut it is very empowering. Imagine how you’ll feel once you’ve conquered a spiritual vice, like anger or bad language. Don’t allow your lack of self-control to disqualify you from the spiritual race where a crown of glory waits at the finish line. You must train long and hard. Fix your eyes on Christ. We really can do this my friends (1 Corinthians 9:27; Hebrews 12:2).