So, today begins a new school week… and a new Character Trait to focus on for the week ahead.
Self Control vs. Self Indulgence
Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spriit.
This is a particular week that I am both look forward to, and also dreading. The reason is that it is something that my children do struggle with, so the week ahead will be interesting to say the least. I’m confident that that God will do great things in this week… teaching myself and my children (& my husband) many great things to do with this particular character trait.
It’s a very interesting one, as the world basically instructs us to be self indulgent…. it’s everywhere, on TV, on billboards, in magazines, on food packaging. I believe it’s one of the enemy’s biggest tactics, as it puts people’s focus on themselves, and far from on others.
Some other verses I came across are below….. One of them particularly describes our current world reality very well.
Phillipians 2:3 – Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant that yourselves.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 – But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For some people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
2 Corinthians 9:7 – Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Proverbs 18:1 – Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgement.
John 3:30 – He must increase, but I must decrease. (Simple, but so powerful !)
There is so much to be found on this subject… but I’ll leave that fun exploration for you guys to enjoy.
As I said when I decided to begin this learning journey with Character traits, I was a little scared because I knew that each character trait focused on for that particular week would be on show full force….. Well, today has not disappointed. :0( Let’s just say it’s been quite a trying day when it comes to lack of self control in my children. BUT, the upside is… plenty of teachable moments… and great opportunities for great discussions on this exact subject.
Man, isn’t parenting just so much FUN at times?? LOL
OK… if there is any blog followers out there praying with me through this journey… please continue… as the ride is sometimes bumpy and stressful.