It finally feels like fall. The clouds have covered the sunlight for the last two days, and I am obsessed. The crispy white lighting is phenomenal and of course we did a shoot (shout out to my little hermano).
Clearly the weather is colder, there are multiple comfort foods, and many want to snuggle with a blanket, or let’s be real, with someone. Although everyone has their own limitations on what to eat, who to hang out with, and what to do with their time, I have realized that it is in this colder weather that we tend to relax a little too much. I believe it is necessary to rest, to take breaks, to chill, to reflect, but just because the temperature is dropping does not mean that your convictions should as well.
Conviction: a fixed or firm belief; a formal declaration that someone is guilty (dictionary.com)
Our thoughts can consume us slowly, with ideas that if we don’t take that very second, we will lose out on something in the end. I should eat the entire plate of food since I am paying for it. I should visit my “friend” after 10:30 at night because they had to work late. I should get those shoes now since I won’t have the extra money in December. I should not tell my boss I have been 10 late all this week and punched in the correct time I’m supposed to be there. We lack awareness of those small thoughts that have a snowball effect and in the long run end up controlling us.
So what am I saying here? That I like to pin-point your mistakes? Not at all. I am bringing awareness to my own life about exercising self-control and sharing my journey. Self control is not about knowing what to do correctly–we all have an idea of what is right, yet many of us do not do it. I lacked self-control in my eating habits for about two months; I was malnourishing my body. I lacked self-control in my shopping habits, going to the store every single week to see what I could add to my closet. I lacked self-control in not spending time with God consistently every morning and just trying to fit Him in my schedule. And so many more things….but I was convicted, brought awareness to these patterns and have allowed the Holy Spirit to help me change them.
“You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.” Romans 14:22-23
Because I had doubts about certain decisions, I was missing the mark. I was jeopardizing my beliefs. I was straight up sinning. Sin is not just the big, obscure, and gargantuan action I take. It is the everyday action I take against the truth (God’s Word) and my personal beliefs.
Practically, I have limited my in take of sugar, coffee, fast food, and white flour. I have extended my shopping money for purchasing gifts for others and not just for self-gratification. I have an alarm that encourages me to get up earlier than usual to read God’s word and worship regardless of what I have going during the day. I am not being legalistic with these modifications; they are minute changes that help me be more productive and effective as a young believer. It might seem extreme to some. All I know and believe is that food, money, and time make up our daily lives and however we utilize them affect us in the long run.
What are YOU doing consistently that has overtaken your personal convictions? In what areas of your life have you lacked self-control? Take time and examine your everyday habits. And of course, be encouraged and know that God ALWAYS helps us in our weaknesses (2 Cor. 12:10). Know that you have a Best Friend that desires to help you be the best and the realest you (John 14:16). And know that God cares about the smallest things you care about as well (Psalm 37:23). Make goals and take the steps necessary to break the bad habits. Love you guys!
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