“Control Freak–Now you say control freak who!”
Staying on top of the activities and choices of others comes almost too naturally for me. It’s when I try to discipline myself into my own better behavior that I continue to fall short.
I have potty-trained 6 children, corralled my spendy husband into a monthly budget, kept many potential two-year-old temper tantrums at bay, and have managed to keep most gaseous body functions or discussions thereof away from the dinner table.
However, despite my own tidy table manners, I can toss a tantrum of my own once in a while. At times, I totally lack the ability to resist greasy restaurant food or a bowl of Blue Bell if offered, and there are days when nothing in heaven or earth can persuade me to fold the laundry.
Everyone needs self-control. As mothers, our job is to take the infant who can control nothing in his life and gradually nurture him into maturity where he does call the shots.
Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. -Proverbs 25:28
Our job to protect our children from harm and pollution of the world can be absolutely undermined if we do not exhibit self-control in our own lives. It is what we model before our children that they truly assimilate into their lives.
When we make good decisions for life, there’s a great chance our children will too.
When we make horrible decisions in life, there’s a Great God who forgives us…and that’s a super thing for the wee ones to know and learn as well.
God is in control. Are you struggling to submit to that truth? What’s in your way?
Let Him have “it” … He’s really great at what He does.