Footsteps in Faith: Self-control takes practice

| April 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Maj.) Ken Hubbs
130th Engineer Brigade (Rear) Chaplain

Control, what a farce!

The only real control anyone has gets ignored.

HubbsHowever, self-control is the one safeguard keeping selfishness in check.

It’s also the least developed and implemented.

Not exercising self-control is like relinquishing all control, which diminishes our influence on anything and anyone, in our lives.

The illusion is that we have control at all.

We don’t.

We can’t control others, circumstances, the past, present or future. We have sole responsibility to control our own choices.

Potential consequences for our choices rarely factor in. We learn from mistakes so slowly — the wrong lessons robustly and the right ones feebly, repeating the same patterns over and over.

Temptation is common, yet so personal, private, and intimate. Temptations are like fingerprints, unique; yet, we all have fingerprints.

What tempts us, and to what degree, is as numerous as grains of sand on the beach.

Freewill, what a paradox!

The more I try to control my environment, the more under control I become to my own desires and the less control I have.

Even right goals with wrong techniques are disastrous. This is perhaps best illustrated by fly-fishing. No, really.

Fly-fishing requires forgetting everything you know about bait-casting. It’s completely different.

Bait-casting requires increasing weight on the end of the line and forcefully launching it in conjunction with the action of the rod.

In fly-casting, force is counterproductive; it’s easier to fly-cast as you decrease weight on the end of the line. Rod action is important, but in a different way. You cast line, not weight.

The proper technique builds energy into the line and focuses it to a designated point.

Distance is irrelevant. Accuracy and presentation are everything.

We want the same things out of life: peace of mind, happiness, fulfillment, contentment, etc., but we use the wrong technique(s).

The Bible says there’s a way that seems right, but leads to the opposite of what we want. The insanity is that we keep using the same wrong technique(s) hoping for different results.

Any joy or pleasure we might get out of something or techniques is a counterfeit version of what we really want — and joy or pleasure almost always leaves us hungrier.

It’s not how hard you cast in life, but how you cast that gets results.

Life isn’t about control, but self-control. 

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