I just finished reading a Christian-fiction book where a godly man mentioned that he was not a man controlled by his urges.
This comment has got me thinking.
Am I controlled by my urges? Or rather, how often am I controlled by my urges rather than practicing self-control?
For me, this includes food choices, superfluous spending, and giving myself the night off instead of taking myself to the gym like I know I should.
One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. Practicing discipline can be hard, especially when a years of selfish choices have created habits that are hard to break. And yet, to be a person not controlled by any selfish urge, is a person who is truly free. Free to be the person that God has destined them to be.
And that is what I want.
So in light of that, some plans need to be created and I must begin to practice the word "NO." Truthfully, to fight these urges is a big job...so big that it feels overwhelming...but God is greater and gives greater grace. That, my friends, gives me the motivation to move forward.