Woowho – it’s day 30 and that means tomorrow the #write31days challenge is over! So very much harder than I ever imagined…I so very much underestimated the time and effort required and while I worked very hard I still missed several days. How apropos that today’s topic is self-control…and the angle that I’ve chosen this morning is how important life boundaries are for our sanity.
Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28
My dear friend Polly forwarded a wonderful blog to me this morning titled I’m Overwhelmed...quite worth the read and spot on this morning. The author talks about how underestimating the time things take allows us to fill up our calendar and responsibilities with too much. Not only that, but then we’re left holding the bag, stressing out, and neglecting all that is really important to us…anyone relate with me??
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
We are a temple of God…and self-control is our wall of protection! It fortifies all that is within. The quality of self-control is that which secures our freedom to love, to experience joy, to know peace, to respond with patience, to have a kind disposition, to act out of goodness, to step out in faithfulness, and to agree with gentleness. How? Because self-control is the ability to make choices which invite and enhance the authority and filling of the Holy Spirit. Self-control is the decision to remain within the boundaries of victory! Beth Moore, Living Beyond Yourself: Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit
Now, let’s be clear, I have other areas in my life that could use an overhauling of self-control…but time management and a burgeoning to-do list…that’s something I’ve always struggled with and would love some victory over today. I need to stop filling my life with things and activities randomly and without intention.
The challenge is that I want to do it all!
I love adventure. I love challenges. I love to help. I love to be involved. But like the author, there are times I look around and wonder what the hell happened to my schedule and sanity. Enter some self-control.
Also, let’s face it…there are times life is a bit out of control. Budget season is looming (ugh), for my fellow accountants there is year-end accounting (more ugh), the holidays are right around the corner…it’s Trevor’s last year at home…it’s gotta be spectacular! Enter some self-control.
So how do we build walls of protection?
I think the key is quiet time…seeking the Holy Spirit…to spend time with the Lord discerning his will for my day, week, month. To bow down to HIS agenda. Not an easy task but necessary to protect the temple.
Also there is intentional planning…looking at your calendar realistically and putting the big rocks in first…THEN…adding some other activities.
And how about the courage to say NO…also hard because who wants to be left out? Who wants to miss out on something really cool.
Finally, it’s trusting and seeking God first…like I said earlier…some seasons are busier than others…grab on and hold on!
Can you relate to the need to build walls of protection of your time and energy? I’d love to hear about it.