Updated on August 22, 2016
A word to start our week : Restraint
Sometimes, the right thing is the hard thing. The road less traveled seems insurmountable, too arduous, unfairly required of us. It would be easier, quicker, less trouble to take the easy road.
Help us to choose the hard thing and the high road anyway.
Others do it. They take the easy road all of the time. We sometimes feel as though we are the only ones.
Help us to go there anyway.
Our passions and desires, our perceived need for things that don’t fill us and fill others, those are the things we must restrain ourselves from.
Instead, may we release our will to the will of the One who can fill us completely, even to overflowing so that Your Spirit spills out onto others.
When tempers flare, when we’re pushed to our limit, when our patience is tested beyond what we can endure, remind us of your great love for us and that you are with us, even in the heat of the moment.
When we’re tempted to throw in the towel, to give up on the good work you’ve given us to do, remind us of Your truth that all things are working for our good.
The fruit of the Spirit is… self control. (Galations 5:22-23)