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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Our self control can bless others...

This week's memory verse:
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Galatians 5:16

Many times in the last two years, my First Place 4 Health group has talked about how our bodies are temples of God. God LIVES in us, and therefore we should work harder to take care of our bodies. This requires that self control that I struggle so much with every day. We tend to think that our bodies are our own...we can treat it, or mistreat it any way we want. I think many of us have seen the results of that way of thinking...we don't have the energy we want...our extra weight causes extra stress on our knees, backs, and hearts....having limited self control with how we treat our bodies have caused these "temples of God" to be weaker than how God intended them to be. In many ways, this does effect our ability to connect with our God and our relationship with him.

We have been talking about how better self control can improve our own lives, but have you thought about how better self control in YOUR life can be a blessing in the lives of OTHERS?

Our world and many people in it are on the edge of losing control. It seems that it is more popular to be selfish instead of selfless. Today it's all about what FEELS good! I think many of have discovered that the fun and joy that comes with this way of thinking and living is short-lived and many times gives us hard consequesnces to deal with, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Learning to control our desires and actions builds character, and leads to kindness and understanding. Someone posted a comment to yesterday's blog, stating that it sometimes helps to know that others are struggling with the same issues. When you THINK before you act, you not only better yourself, but others see this and could benefit from it as well.

If you are living a's if your body is a temple of God, you are more careful with what you put INTO it, HOW you treat it, and you learn to take care of the relationships that SUPPORT the care of that body...the people around you.

In 1Corinthians 3:18, Paul tells us not to be foolish by thinking you can be wise by staying up-to-date with the we don't need to live by the "do whatever feels good" way of thinking that is popular today! THINK before you speak or act or eat...not easy to do, but very wise. Learning and developing this self control can help us in more ways than we can possibly know!

I don't know about you, but this is the way I want to live my life! I know that I will have to keep trying every day, and some days will be better than others...but I can look to God...who is living within me...for help!

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