Self-control. Having self-control is hard at times. I think what makes it so hard is that a lot of times we react subconsciously only thinking about what we have done after the consequences occur. We do not have to live our lives this way. We can wake up daily choosing to respond to our spirit and not our flesh. Discussion of this decision is in Galatians 5:25-26 (MSG), “Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”

This verse opened my eyes to the life that I chose when I received salvation and the life that I am currently living. There are so many areas in that verse that I have battled with and still, do. What are some of those areas for you? The other fantastic thing about the verse is it gives us the key to getting back on track. We can do something more interesting than wasting time comparing ourselves to others when we will never amount because as the verse stated: “each of us are original.” We can refocus our time listening to Holy Spirit, and following the agenda that God has for us. Focusing on the Spirit is the best way to have self-control because it is acknowledging that we are weak alone, but in God we are strong. I encourage you to include God in all your goals this year if you want to be successful and full of self- control.


Peace, Love, Joy, and Abundant Blessings

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Family Nurse Practitioner pursuing a life of research and education by earning my PhD in Nursing. Alabama born and raised. UAB Alum. UAB Grad Student.

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