One of my clients thought that I should have a paper shredder. It was certainly not at the top of my list of things I need but I have been pleasantly surprised at how useful it has become. My junk mail that possesses my full name and address is now deposited in the shredder right away and does not wait for the scissor treatment in a pile. Just now, as I shredded some unsolicited insurance junk, the following thoughts crossed my mind.
I wish I could shred those unhealthy habits that have grabbed me and held me captive for so long. If my appetite for sugary treats could just simply be put in the shredder! Why is it that self-control is so difficult? If I knew the answer, I suppose I could be a millionaire.
One thing for sure: it is at the bottom of the list in Galatians 5:22-23 when Paul presents us with the fruits of the Spirit. First comes love which is fairly easy. The rest of the list follows: joy, peace (so far, so good—right?), longsuffering (getting a little more difficult), gentleness, goodness (well, they work as a team), faith (whoa—is faith difficult—yes, sometimes, and not everyone is willing to strengthen faith), meekness, temperance.
Meekness is not easily cultivated and neither is temperance. Clutter easily buries them. Think of what gets in the way of nurturing these characteristics and shred them. But I warn you, there are three elements that do not want you to march to the shredder. They are (ready?) the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Read I John 2:15-17.
Now, what am I going to do about that donut in my freezer? Eat it. In moderation. One half at a time. Ask me tomorrow.
I could write a Bible study on these, but I’ll leave that to my friend, Linda.
Linda’s Bible Study I don’t know how to create the link. Try: http://lindasbiblestudy.wordpress.com