Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Leaky Arteries and Dirty Dishes by Christy Fitzwater

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.

Christy Fitzwater: "I am a nerdy book reader with an English degree and secondary teaching certificate. My cozy home is in Kalispell, Montana, where I enjoy serving the living God with my pastor husband and two teenagers."
Read Christy's thoughts on her blog Off the Shelf.


  1. This post really was what I needed to hear! Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I need to fix some leaks in my own life and I know I feel better all around.

    1. I'm glad you were encouraged! I pray God will help you patch up some of those places where you need self control. It's hard work but so worth it.

  2. Wow - I needed to hear this! Thanks!

    1. Sarah, thanks so much for the encouragement of letting me know. Glad if God encouraged you! Cute baby picture, by the way. Is that your little one?


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