“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”Proverbs 25:28
If you know anything about me, then you know I have an appreciation for finer cuisine and comfort food. I have loved fried chicken since I was a youth, and it was my ultimate favorite meal as a kid. I used to love to watch my mom make the chicken, and she would sometimes allow me to “help” her. I would lick my lips in anticipation as I watched her and heard the chicken frying in the pan. My mom was a great cook, and there were many dishes she made that I got excited for when I smelled the aroma as I walked through the front door.
I was like most teenagers when it came to eating, and I had an appetite that was insatiable. If a 4-piece chicken was good, then a 6- or 8-piece chicken was even better. My dad was spending time alone with me on a Saturday morning, and we caught word that Denny’s had an all-you-can-eat breakfast special. We did not dine at Denny’s much, but who could turn down an all-you-can-eat breakfast special?
My dad and I both love breakfast, and we were excited to see if we could empty the place out. We placed our order and it was a full plate of assorted breakfast food and meats. I thought it was a good start, but the first plate was no match for me. I ordered another plate and so did my dad, but he stopped there and passed the breakfast torch to me. I took the torch to two more plates which equated to a dozen eggs, four plates of hash browns, and a seemingly endless supply of bacon and sausage. I made a pig of myself, and I even skipped lunch because I was so full. I am not sure that particular Denny’s ever recovered from my gluttonous consumption.
There have been many times in my life when I have lacked self-control, with food as a particular struggle. Self-control is something we all struggle with whether it is food, time spent on social media, or in our finances. Obedience to God requires self-control in all things, even in the things society deems acceptable. The help for resisting can only come from God, and we must have self-control in practicing moderation in even the things that are not inherently sinful. A person without self-control is like a broken down city with no walls of protection and is easily susceptible to attack.
Where are you today friend? Does the local Denny’s cringe when you walk through the door? Do others cringe when they see you because you say and do as you please with no control of your words or regard for others? Do you practice self-control when it comes to using your time? We must practice a disciplined life if we are to do anything for God, and we must ask for God’s help in practicing self-control. May the walls of self-control be firmly built in our life, and may we resist the temptation the devil presents in the “all-you-can-eat” sins of life.