I’ve been horrible about doing dishes for a few decades.
Around 4:00 every afternoon I walk into the kitchen and do a 360 turn, to see dishes piled high. No sign of clean counter showing. It’s a daily exercise in failure and discouragement. I need to make dinner, but who wants to make dinner in a mess?
Hamburgers it is. We fully support the salary of one Wendy’s employee. And as I pull through the drive-through at Wendy’s, I fork out $20.00 for my family to eat a meal, one-fifth of my weekly grocery budget. Then we get home, and I pull out the fries. It should be a salad or other wholesome vegetable. Instead we eat grease.
Lack of self-control in housekeeping...
leads to lack of self-control in cooking…
leads to lack of self-control in spending…
leads to lack of self-control in healthy eating...
A little problem is like a leak in a large artery. Life bleeds out.
I started doing some strength training a few years ago –what seemed like an immense sacrifice of time in my day. But after a while my energy level began to change. I became four times more productive during the day because of the few minutes I was spending lifting weights.
Because I was working out, I started to care more about what I was eating. (Who wants to ruin a good workout with bad calories?) I felt better about myself, which made me feel I had more to offer other people. I was able to handle more tasks at home and at church. So much benefit from a 15-minute workout. Self-control seals the leak in the artery.
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b)
Arteries wide open. Blood flowing. Oxygen moving quickly and easily to every organ, to every extremity.
If we want a full life, we must begin by using self-control stop the flow of thoughts and habits that lead to a useless life.
Read Christy's thoughts on her blog Off the Shelf.