Almost as good as your dog
If you can start the day without caffeine; if you can get going without pep pills; if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains; if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles; if you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it; if you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time; if you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when through no fault of yours something goes wrong; if you can take criticism and blame without resentment; if you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him; if you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend; if you can face the world without lies and deceit; if you can conquer tension without medical help; if you can relax without liquor; if you can sleep without the aid of drugs; if you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, or politics; then, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.
Self-control is one of the traits needed for anyone who has challenged themselves to make changes for their lives starting in January of 2023. I’ve been working on the Bible verses in Galatians 5 that deal with the fruit of the Spirit and one of the traits that comes out of a “spirit led life” is that of temperance or self-control. May we endeavor to practice this trait along with each of the other parts of the fruit of the spirit this year.
May we ever stay confident & optimistic as we keep our eyes on Jesus, Pastor Larry
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