Life Changing Decisions: Self-Control

He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness."Proverbs 5:23

You ever look at that last piece of triple chocolate cake and think, "I could work those calories off later..." Or have you been at the store and thought, "Its okay, we have enough in the account for that [fill in the blank]...My husband won't mind too much."

Both of these situations show a lack of self control. We wouldn't have to work extra hard on burning those calories if we just didn't eat the cake. We wouldn't have to worry about how our husband will react to a purchase if we do not make the purchase.

According to Proverbs a person without self-control is foolish and will die in his foolishness. I can honestly say that this is probably something I personally have the hardest time with. I am known for my excuses. There has actually been a point in my life were I could rationalize anything. If I wanted it bad enough I could give a good "reason" for it. In reality I was just making excuses to get my way.

My way is not THE WAY, however. What I should have been doing is leaving my decision making to God. That little voice in the back of your mind that says this is a bad idea. Yeah, that's God telling you his decision. By his grace and glory he has given us the choice to either follow his words or to choose our own path.

In the quest to become closer to him we must chose HIS words and HIS path.

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" Galatians 5:22-23

God gives us the gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It is our decisions to accept this gift. This Sunday, as you sit with your family unwrapping all of the different bobbles that your family and loved ones have given you remember that the best gifts are free. And try to show self-control when the pie is served. If we use God's gift we won't have to work harder or even worry about it later.

His word is always right.

About the Author: Sara is a 26-years-old Christian wife and mother. Currently she lives in Lorain, Ohio with her husband, JR, and 2-year-old son, Harry. Sara does work outside of the home as full-time teacher in the areas of middle school English/Language Arts and History (both world and American.) In her spare time Sara enjoys literature (both reading and writing), blogging at Just A Touch of Life (, music, and some doing some handy works.