If I lived in “Whatever-you-want-world”, the place where you can do whatever you want and get away with it, I’d be eating at my favorite pizza place and drinking my favorite beer (Sunset Wheat) at least 3 nights a week. And not just cheese pizza to be good, but Triple Bacon Cheeseburger Supreme with extra pickles. Yum!!! And the fat would pass through my middle-aged body with no consequences at all. sigh. I HATE consequences. 😦
My pastor said, in a sermon about them, “You pick up one end of a stick, the other comes with it. You get both ends of the stick.”
God calls it “reaping what you sow.” (Job 4:8)
So, here’s to sowing love and joy, peace and patience, kindness, and goodness, faithfulnes and self-control. (the fruits of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22)
The self-control part is the hardest for me, I guess. It’s just that I “need” so much comfort and pleasure.
Oh, help me to learn to be content, like the Apostle Paul wrote about in his letter to the Philippians:
” I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12)
And what was his “secret”? It’s in the next verse:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (:13 KJV)
” Father, help me to learn the secret of contentment — I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
” Help me to learn to rely on Your strength and not my own. To lean not on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6), but to acknowledge You in all my ways. Christ in me, the hope of glory! (Colossians 1:27)
Oh, may whatever I want be what You want. In Jesus’ name, amen.”