Ice Cream, Candy & Self-Control
When I was in junior high my parents opened a store called “Lollipop Palace.” Unbelievable! I thought I’d died and gone to heaven! This was huge for my stomach and for my popularity at school. We sold every size and shape of lollipop imaginable; plus Moos Ice Cream; McFarland’s Candy and our own handmade Carmel and Candy apples. It was so cool.
The first week the store opened, my parents told my brother, sister and me that we could help ourselves to whatever we wanted. “We must be dreaming,” I thought. So we took them up on their offer. Any self-control I had was gone. You should have seen my friends at school when I told them the amazing news. I tried just about everything in the store. But by the end of the second week, reality hit my stomach. I was so sick of sweet stuff. Just the smell of chocolate made me nauseated – which was especially weird for a chocoholic like me. If I’d only used a little self-control, maybe my stomach wouldn’t have ached so much.
How’s your self-control? Not just with food, but other areas of your life? Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, reminds us how important willpower can be in Proverbs 25:28. “A person without self-control is like a city with broken down walls.” Just like city walls restricted the movement of its residents, self-control can limit us. But it’s necessary. Walls around a city can restrict its residents; but walls also provide protection. Without them people living in the city would be vulnerable to attacks by intruders. No doubt, self-control can seem limiting to us, but it can also save us from harm. An out-of-control life is not only a mess but it opens us to a range of attacks from our spiritual enemy the devil.
A person with self-discipline controls their moods and reactions, watches their words, manages their money, sticks to their schedule and stays healthy by watching what they eat and exercising.
How are you doing in these areas? Remember, you can’t do it on your own. We all need the Spirit of God to give us the power needed to be self-controlled.