There’s a phrase that’s often heard and it’s “I couldn’t help myself”. Many times it’s said in jest to explain away something that was done that shouldn’t have been. It really has to do with lack of self discipline or self control. But is it true? Can a person really not help themselves from doing something? Self control is a very individual thing. A donut or a muffin is no temptation for me. But peanut butter cups are a whole other thing. It’s that way with everyone. We all have our weaknesses. But if the motive or the motivation is great enough, most temptations can be resisted. Trying to fit into that new outfit might keep those peanut butter cups at bay. Or it might take something more serious like controlling Type II diabetes. So instead of saying “I couldn’t help myself”, it is probably more accurate to say “I wouldn’t help myself”. When something is important enough to you, you will do it no matter what. So, that being said, how important is your relationship with God to you? In order for you to develop your relationship with God it requires time – time in prayer, time in the Word and even time to just be quiet. And in this hectic whirlwind of a life most of us live, we have to make time. You’ve all heard another phrase and probably even said it a time or two and that is “I will if I have time”. This usually means if it is high enough on one’s priority list, it will get done. It is beneficial to occasionally revisit our life’s priority list to see what’s on it. Is God high up on that list? Do we need to reorder anything and move things around to give God a higher position? Does He have a position? Where is God ranked on your priority list?
Proverbs 25:28 (NLT)
28 A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
1 Timothy 4:7 (NLT)
7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.
1 Corinthians 9:25 (NLT)
25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.