Wednesday, January 11, 2012

self control: motivation (part II)

School debt.  Car debt.  Credit card debt.  I thought we would never be free.  For years we limped along, barely making it from month to month.  I found myself begging God, almost every day for years, to please help us dig out.

And then came a radio broadcast and a book I found on finances.  We developed a budget, and we slowly started trying to live by it.  An emergency savings account.  Controlling where we were spending.  Setting financial goals.  Going cash.  It took years, but now we’re free.

Freedom to give.  Instead of scraping by, we actually find ourselves with a few extra dollars now and then.  Freedom to help a friend in need.  Freedom to support a missionary.  Freedom to buy a biosand water filter for someone in a third world company.  Freedom to foot the bill at a restaurant.    

Peter says, “Make every effort to add to your faith…self control” which can “keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (2 Peter 1:5,6,8)



Self control gives us the freedom to do more than is humanly possible.

As I see the effectiveness and productivity gained by controlling just one element of our lives, my imagination goes crazy.  What could we accomplish if we were to gain self control in every area of our lives? 

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