A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2.What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? ~George Orwell

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Reflection: It’s not always easy to be good.

When my son was around four years old, he misbehaved. I can’t remember what he did, but I do remember, I didn’t think it warranted anything other than telling him not to do “it” again. No punishment, from me. No scolding. No sequestering him to his bedroom, from me. And yet my son was so upset with himself, for misbehaving, that he spanked himself. Trying not laugh, I told him to stop that and pulled him into my lap to talk about his reaction.
We don’t have to beat ourselves up when we make mistakes; forgiving ourselves is a must.  But self-discipline should also be our goal. Doing wrong against others (and ourselves) brings complications--more chaos, less peace, to our lives.
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8: 5-8 (NIV)  (emphasis mine)

Blessings to you on this day,
Teresa


Scripture Source: Holy Bible, NIV, www.BibleGateway.com 

11 comments:

  1. My friend, your Sunday post are always inspiring and give me much to ponder on. Wishing you blessings for the coming week.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

    ReplyDelete
  2. The difference between focusing on God and focusing on this world.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I do love the lesson here about self-discipline. Something we all should do.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I've struggled with this frequently in my life. Especially when I was younger I succumbed to my fleshly desires much more than I should have and more than once paid consequences I had rather not have had to deal with. I didn't need to spank myself because the result of my wrongdoing was plenty of punishment.

    I'm always working on self-discipline.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

    ReplyDelete
  5. lol can't say I've spanked myself, but yeah sure knew when i did wrong

    ReplyDelete
  6. A conscience is a very good thing :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. At 70 years of age I feel that I should not still be struggling with "beating myself up." And yet there are times when I do, recalling sins and failures of my youth. When I pause to ask myself where it is coming from, I know it is not coming from God, who long ago forgave me.

    ReplyDelete
  8. beautiful words and thoughts to live by :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. beautiful, inspiring words!

    blessings.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for leaving a comment.