If I didn’t mention before, we are studying the character trait of self-control in school. (I’m learning a lot!) Self-control is important in many facets of our lives, and it can be easy to focus on one area and then overlook another. I stumbled upon this devotional from 2008, written by Rick Warren. I thought it had some great encouragement that also applied to our journey of being healthy for Him. The success that’s important, isn’t of the worldly form, but rather … in obedience to God. Let us bear much fruit to bring Him glory!
“Successful people have one obvious trait in common: personal discipline. They are willing to do things that average people are unwilling to do.
It’s my observation that successful people express their self-discipline in six ways:
· Successful people master their moods. They live by their commitments, not their emotions. They do the right thing, even when they don’t feel like it. “A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls” (Proverbs 25:28 NLT).
· Successful people watch their words. They put their minds in gear before opening their mouths: “Those who control their tongue will have a long life . . .” (Proverbs 13:3 NLT).
· Successful people restrain their reactions. How much can you take before you lose your cool? “People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs” (Proverbs 19:11 NLT).
· Successful people stick to their schedule. If you don’t determine how you will spend your time, you can be sure that others will decide for you! “So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days” (Ephesians 5:15-16 NLT).
· Successful people manage their money. They learn to live on less than what they make, and they invest the difference. The value of a budget is that it tells your money where you want it to go rather than wondering where it went: “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get” (Proverbs 21:20 NLT).
· Successful people maintain their health. That way they can accomplish more and enjoy their achievements: “Control your body and live in holiness . . .” (1 Thessalonians 4:4 NLT).”
Most of you know the Scripture with the fruits of the Spirit. If not, it’s part of our key Scriptures today… but also, take note of the last part of what God’s Word says. It’s a key point that is often overlooked. If we’re living by the Spirit, we will realize our human limitations, short comings, and inadequacies, and we will not set our goals on what other people are doing. Envy does destroy. Compare up. Let your competition be with yourself to become a better you for HIM.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passion and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” – Galatians 5:22-26