Sometimes we feel like our lives are completely out of control, usually because we don’t have any ability to control those around us, and that can be really frustrating. You can always ask someone to change or improve or do something different, but it’s ultimately up to them whether they do or not, which can really mess up our grand plans for reaching our dreams and goals.
As Christians we’ve been reminded over and over that those tough times and challenging people are what builds character and prepares us for God’s bigger dream for our lives. Which sounds all well and good, except it’s not easy! Which is where our topic for the month comes in: self-control.
I’ve said before that the only thing we’re truly able to have control over or impact is ourselves, which means that the best way to work with a difficult situation is if we can control ourselves and our reactions to be able to work through the initial panic without causing more issues and give ourselves the time to come to some solutions.
The Fruits of the Spirit that we’ve been talking about this year and will continue for the rest of the year are gifts from God to us that help us get through the difficult situations in our lives. It’s our choice to use them or not, as well as to reach out to others He’s put in our life that support us and are willing to help us figure things out when life gets too rough.
But, like any other gifts we get it’s up to us to take them out of the box and use them. When it comes to the Fruit of the Spirit we have to not only take them out of their box but also put in lots of practice time so that when we do actually need them we’re able to access them to their full capacity.
Have you been preparing for the challenges that life might send your way or just pretending they won’t happen? Pretending they’ll never affect you means you’ll have no chance to prepare and the challenges will cause unnecessary problems, ones that could have been avoided with a little preparation.
“God has equipped you to handle difficult things. In fact, He has already planted the seeds of discipline and self-control inside you. You just have to water those seeds with His Word to make them grow!” Joyce Meyer