My #2 son arrived home early this morning..
Drove home from MSU-Moorhead. First time he has driven that by himself..
To say the MBWITW and Dad were anxious is an understatement, is almost a 300 mile run, mostly Interstate.
When he arrived his dog, the Jak, comes wandering out when I called him. The minute I said “You Boy is home'” his head popped up, ears up and immediately down at the front door looking out the side window, no hysterical ‘We’re being attacked!’ barking just a lot of woofs, quivering and then full bore jumping and licking as soon as #2 came in the house.
When #2 described the route they took to arrive home..
I told him he was getting GPS for Christmas..
Kid has always been directionally challenged… Dear Lord..94 to 494 to 35, I had told him!!
94 to 494 to 394 to 62 to 77(Cedar)??
Then back country roads…
Sigh….Prayer keeps me sane, a stiff drink would have helped!!
Surprised I was not out looking for him last night!!!
So glad he is home if only for a few days.
Now if #1 son manages to make it home for Thanksgiving….
Going Beyond Your Paradigm
"So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even upon him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. He stripped off his robes and also prophesied in Samuel’s presence. He lay that way all that day and night. This is why people say, ‘Is Saul also among the prophets?’" (1 Sam 19:23-24).
Whenever God calls you into a new thing, you can expect to do things you’ve never done. Saul had just been anointed to be the first king of Israel. He was being launched into a whole new calling. He was hanging out with the spiritual leaders of the nation.
When he began to prophesy the prophets wondered if he, too, was a prophet. He was not a prophet but God was doing a new thing through Saul – activating something in him that had been dormant until then.
When God calls you into a new endeavor you will find that God will anoint you in areas you considered your weakest traits. God turns shepherds like Moses into leaders of nations. He turns farmers like Gideon into reformers. He turns impetuous and unstable personalities like Peter into leaders that can transform a culture and lead a movement.
Whenever God does a new thing in a life, those who knew them before notice the change. Quiet people become bold. Poor speakers learn to become great communicators. Those who were never leaders before become the new leaders. This is the way of God.
When God looks at an individual, He looks at their future, not their past. He is always looking at the person He has created you to become, not the person you are now. When Samuel anointed the young shepherd boy, David, to be the next king of Israel, it would be years before this would happen. However, God already knew who he was to become.
How does God view your life? What is the destiny He has chosen you to fulfill?
"Better … a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city."(v.32)
We come now to the last of the nine fruits of the Spirit — self-control. The King James Version uses the word "temperance" but in most translations the Greek word (enkrateia) is rendered as self-control. Underlying the word is the idea of self-restraint, a fine mastery of one’s personality, a controlled and disciplined nature. It is noteworthy that Paul puts self-control last. Most systems of thought, both ancient and modern, would put it first. Consider the various philosophies that have fascinated man over past centuries, and what do you find? They all seek to produce a happy and contented person through self-control. Some advocate thought control, some breath control, others will-control. The Christian way is different — it produces happy and contented people, not primarily by thought control or even will-control, but by Christ-control. The Christian is a self-controlled person, but he becomes that, not by self-effort alone but by the gracious supply of the Holy Spirit who indwells him. You do not gain God, Christ or the Holy Spirit through self-control: you gain self-control through God, Christ and the Holy Spirit.
You see, if you begin with self-control, then you are the center — you are controlling yourself. But if you begin, as Paul does, with love, then the spring of action is outgoing and you are released from yourself and from self-preoccupation. When you begin with love, you end with self-control. But it is not a nervous, anxious, tied-up self-control; it is a control that is natural and unstrained — hence beautiful.
Gracious Father, help me grasp the thought that self-control is not really myself in control, but Christ in control of myself. I put You in control and You then put me in control. It is indeed beautiful. Thank You, dear Father. Amen.
For Further Study
1 Corinthians 3; Proverbs 25:28; Romans 6:12
1. What are our bodies to be?
2. How can we will control over ourselves?