I know I could certainly use an increased measure of that some days...well, I guess EVERY day! The problem is a lot of us spend our days seeking ''plain ol' CONTROL'' instead of SELF CONTROL. I'm not talking about being all manipulative or dishonest, I'm just talking about our normal desire to KNOW what is going to happen and what can be expected on any given day, hour or moment. When we try to control our environment 100% though, we will almost always end up frustrated.
It’s good to plan and its good to use our brain but we have to learn how to ''roll with the changes”. Each day, with each new thing we are involved in, or each new thing we are put ''in charge'' of, we should relinquish full control to God. He is truly the ONLY ONE who has full control.
In the meantime, we can all be looking to improve the fruit of SELF CONTROL.
When you CAN'T control the kids from fighting, can you control YOURSELF from yelling or speaking poorly to them? When you can't control the food that is served at a conference, can you control YOURSELF from eating what you are trying to avoid? When you can't control your husband's employer, can you control YOURSELF from speaking evil against him? You get the idea.
It's really not supposed to be about controlling others or our environment or our circumstances....GOD can and does control all those things. So what gives? Why does He let this stuff happen? Well, He does it because HE knows what it IS all about. It's about US learning SELF CONTROL and in doing so, reflecting more of Christ's character and love to one another.
Prayer; ''Lord, help me to walk in step with the Holy Spirit today and bring forth the fruit of self control in my life. I thank you for the self control you have already grown in me but Lord, I want more of it. With every situation or person I encounter today, help me to control my SELF and my response. Help me be a blessing today and a beacon of Christ's love to every one l meet. In Jesus' name. Amen.”