Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Controlling this Tent

Oh, my precious second born has zero self-control. Zero. I can almost see the internal battle waging when I tell him not to touch--a.k.a break--something. For example, yesterday he was roughly examining the bloom of our peace lily plant. It's demise was sure so I said, "Please stop touching it like that. The leaf may break or the bloom may come off. Just use one finger."

With every ounce of control he could muster, he stopped for a brief few seconds then went right back to near tearing the plant. All the while he was trying to tell me something--sharing his almost 3-year-old heart on an issue--so I swayed from disciplining his actions though I "reminded" him four times before leading him to another area of the room.

Zero self-control. He has a hand problem. It is very difficult for him to control his hands. If he thinks it then he does it. He needs Jesus! We all do, though, don't we?! We all have areas that have the potential of being out-of-control if left to ourselves.

We read in Galatians that self-control is an aspect of the Spirit of God. He enables us to live self-controlled lives. He enables us to control our spending, our outbursts, our eating, our thoughts, and, oh yes, our mouths. Ultimately He gives us wisdom to see our hearts as they are bare before a Holy God.

Do you have any area of your life that is seemingly out-of-control? Have you tried to keep it neatly in a little box only to find it spilling out the sides? We all have our weaknesses. We are all in desperate need of the power of God in our lives. He is faithful to both gently reveal and powerfully deliver. Let's get before Him, admit our depravity, and ask Him to work in and through us. How He loves you and me with a perfect love and delights in our seeking after Him.

For further nourishment: 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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