When driving you have to keep your eyes on the road. If you’re at a red light and you’re not looking at it, you can miss it (or get honked at). See, the point is, we are so easily distracted that most of us don’t drive with our eyes fully focused on the road before us. The first chance we get, we look around, we pick up our phones and talk on them. Whatever the reason may be, we are a distracted generation. You know, among the gifts of power and love that God has given us, he also gives us self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Also known as ‘sound-mind’, ‘self-control’… etc. I prefer the term self-discipline because that is what it requires, discipline. I believe this gift is the most forgotten by us. Without it, there is no order, there is no sacrificing, there is no priority. That explains a lot doesn’t it?
To have self-discipline we need to practice it everyday. Just like we are to practice love everyday, and we are to practice the power we have over the enemy, and so it is with self-discipline. Practice makes perfect. Though we won’t reach our perfection here on earth, we who are headed towards perfection need to be practicing all these things constantly. We need to make some decisions because it’s the right thing to do and not because our emotions tell us so. Are we really going to be defined by our constant wavering of emotions? One moment we’re so happy we’re smiling at strangers, and later that same day we’re avoiding any human interaction because we’re upset. I once read something that said, if we can tell when someone is feeling down or mad, the devil sure can tell his plans have caught up to us.
What if we practiced self-control in such a way that the enemy stopped bothering us because he noticed that our faith is so firmly planted on the rock that it does not waver?
Unwavering faith in God includes open and honest communication with him. If I’m feeling weak in the spirit and might have an anger outburst at someone, that’s exactly what I’ll tell God because then he will be my strength as I’ve surrendered my weakness to him (2 Corinthians 12:9). In a strong relationship, there is honesty. No past mistakes can harm that relationship because the two people have already told each other everything. See? Not perfection, just faith.
Faith in God includes knowing we are weak without him.
When we realize that we cannot do anything right on our own, we are given a choice to call on God and see that with him all things are possible. Or we can keep being proud and going about things our own way. A strong relationship is not perfect, but instead they have used all their flaws to grow closer together rather than let it drive them apart. They have accepted their imperfectness because perfect doesn’t exist here.
With man alone we will fail, but with God we will do the impossible and the unbelievable (Matthew 19:26).
Even driving without looking at our phones is possible! Yes it is, practice it.
Let’s be so focused on the road that is in front of us, so determined to get to our destination, that we don’t get distracted by anything else. Anything else can wait it’s turn. When we have so many things on our to do list, why are we checking our Instagram or Facebook every 10 minutes? Don’t get sidetracked. Keep your eyes focused ahead. Practice going on a drive without picking up your phone. Make it a habit, do the right thing and be focused. Don’t look at your surroundings. Don’t pay attention to the loud noises all around, and remember who waits for us at the end of the narrow path. He is worth more than anything this world has to offer. Focus on getting to him and not the water below your feet, nor the storms on all sides. Just focus on God.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness…”
Matthew 19:26 (NLT) Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”