During 2015, you have had an opportunity to read a reflection on each one of the Fruits of the Spirit written by a deacon in the Cross Tie. The reflections included love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness. Our final reflection is self-control. How appropriate for this time of the year!
It’s mid December, are you out of control? Is it because of family events, job, gift buying, parties or just everyday events? It seems as though it can be easy to be swept up in stuff and unable to be in control before more stuff grabs for our attention.
There are several definitions for self-control– “Possessing power, strong, having mastery or possession of.” As you think of self-control, ask yourself, are your priorities and core values aligned? Ask yourself, are you living out your priorities and core values or are you grabbing hold of anything that comes by? It takes discipline to be self-controlled. Discipline causes you to make the right choices.
Discipline helps us focus on love, togetherness and giving of ourselves not just in December but all the time. Let’s take inventory each month to see where we can make adjustments so we have self-control.